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Yellowstone Managers Stake a Claim on Hot-Springs Microbes

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Science  13 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5234, pp. 226
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5234.0226


Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming—At a meeting in Yellowstone, park managers outlined proposals that would give the park a share of any profits derived from hot-water microbes collected from Yellowstone's hot springs. One such microbe yielded the enzyme at the heart of the polymerase chain reaction. A sidebar describes the recent identificationof three Yellowstone bacteria that appear to be the most primitive life forms yet discovered.