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Genome sequencing of cells that live inside glass cages reveals their past history

Karthick, B (2009) Genome sequencing of cells that live inside glass cages reveals their past history. In: Current Science, 96 (3). pp. 334-337.

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One-quarter of the total primary production on earth is contributed by diatoms1. These are photosynthetic, unicellular algae with ornamented silica shells found in all aquatic and moist environments. They form the base of energy-efficient food webs that support all aquatic life forms. More than 250 genera of living diatoms, with as many as 100,000 species are known2. Fossil diatoms are known as early as the Cretaceous, 144–65 m.y. ago3. In India, deposits of diatoms occur in Rajasthan and are known as ‘multani mitti’. Multani mitti or Indian Fuller’s earth or diatomaceous earth as it is called in the West, is applied as a paste on the surface of the skin for 15–20 min and then washed-off. This leaves the skin feeling smooth, soft, moist and rejuvenated. Diatomaceous earth is now being used in the formulation of soaps, cleansing products, face powders and skincare preparations. Diatomaceous earth is a mineral material consisting mainly of siliceous fragments of various species of fossilized remains of diatoms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy Of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Rajalaxmi Ashok Govanakoppa
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 04:02
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19572

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