Jeff here – Dr. Friesen and I are authors on a multi-institutional paper about Streptomyces thermoautotrophicus, the organism that spawned the Oxygen-tolerant Nitrogenase project, which came out today in Scientific Reports:
This paper results from the combined efforts of labs in Michigan, California, Argentina, Germany, and the UK. This collaboration began when everyone involved realized they were simultaneously working on the same topic and decided to collaborate rather than compete – science can be an amazing venue for bringing people together!
We’ve met some amazing people through this project and traveled to some truly bizarre places (see our post on Microbe Hunting in Centralia PA). Furthermore, the backstory on S. thermo makes this paper a great read! A couple different press-releases came out in conjunction with this paper as well: