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The Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition: Northwest Atlantic through Eastern Tropical Pacific

  • Douglas B Rusch mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: DRusch@venterinstitute.org

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Aaron L Halpern,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Granger Sutton,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Karla B Heidelberg,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Avalon, California, United States of America

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  • Shannon Williamson,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Shibu Yooseph,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Dongying Wu,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

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  • Jonathan A Eisen,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

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  • Jeff M Hoffman,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Karin Remington,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Your Genome, Your World, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Karen Beeson,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Bao Tran,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Hamilton Smith,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Holly Baden-Tillson,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Clare Stewart,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Joyce Thorpe,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Jason Freeman,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Cynthia Andrews-Pfannkoch,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Joseph E Venter,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Kelvin Li,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Saul Kravitz,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • John F Heidelberg,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Avalon, California, United States of America

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  • Terry Utterback,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Yu-Hui Rogers,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Luisa I Falcón,

    Affiliation: Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Valeria Souza,

    Affiliation: Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Germán Bonilla-Rosso,

    Affiliation: Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Luis E Eguiarte,

    Affiliation: Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • David M Karl,

    Affiliation: Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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  • Shubha Sathyendranath,

    Affiliation: Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Trevor Platt,

    Affiliation: Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Eldredge Bermingham,

    Affiliation: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama

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  • Victor Gallardo,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Oceanografía, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile

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  • Giselle Tamayo-Castillo,

    Affiliation: Escuela de Química, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica

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  • Michael R Ferrari,

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Robert L Strausberg,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Kenneth Nealson,

    Affiliations: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angles, California, United States of America

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  • Robert Friedman,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Marvin Frazier,

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • J. Craig Venter

    Affiliation: J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Published: March 13, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050077
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Douglas B Rusch, Aaron L Halpern, Granger Sutton, Karla B Heidelberg, Shannon Williamson, Shibu Yooseph, Dongying Wu, Jonathan A Eisen, Jeff M Hoffman, Karin Remington, Karen Beeson, Bao Tran, Hamilton Smith, Holly Baden-Tillson, Clare Stewart, Joyce Thorpe, Jason Freeman, Cynthia Andrews-Pfannkoch, Joseph E Venter, Kelvin Li, Saul Kravitz, John F Heidelberg, Terry Utterback, Yu-Hui Rogers, Robert L Strausberg, Kenneth Nealson, Robert Friedman, Marvin Frazier, J. Craig Venter
J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
Karla B Heidelberg, John F Heidelberg
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Avalon, California, United States of America
Dongying Wu, Jonathan A Eisen
Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America
Karin Remington
Your Genome, Your World, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
Luisa I Falcón, Valeria Souza, Germán Bonilla-Rosso, Luis E Eguiarte
Departmento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
David M Karl
Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Shubha Sathyendranath, Trevor Platt
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Eldredge Bermingham
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama
Victor Gallardo
Departamento de Oceanografía, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile
Giselle Tamayo-Castillo
Escuela de Química, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica
Michael R Ferrari
Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America
Kenneth Nealson
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angles, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: DRusch@venterinstitute.org

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

DBR, ALH, KB, HS, CAP, JFH, MF, and JCV conceived and designed the experiments. DBR, ALH, JMH, KB, BT, HBT, CS, JT, JF, CAP, and JCV performed the experiments. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SW, DW, JAE, KR, JEV, TU, YHR, MRF, KN, and RF analyzed the data. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SY, JMH, KR, KB, BT, HS, HBT, CS, JT, JF, CAP, KL, SK, JFH, TU, YHR, LIF, VS, GBR, LEE, DMK, SS, TP, EB, VG, GTC, MRF, RLS, MF, and JCV contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. DBR, ALH, GS, KBH, SW, SY, JAE, RLS, KN, RF, MF, and JCV wrote the paper.