Immunology of archaebacteria that produce methane gas

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Science  02 Oct 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4516, pp. 74-75
DOI: 10.1126/science.6792708


The antigenic map of 17 methanogenic bacteria representing the entire range of available species was determined by multiple assay with antibody probes. Four major clusters of antigenically related strains coincide with the females proposed on the basis of 16S ribosomal RNA analysis. Immunological mapping uncovered relationships not yet shown by other methods and allowed identification and classification of two new bacterial isolates.