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The release of 700 million liters of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a few months in 2010 produced dramatic changes in the microbial ecology of the water and sediment. Previous studies have examined the phylogeny and function of these changes, but until now a fundamental examination of the extant hydrocarbon metabolisms that supported these changes had not been performed. Here, we reconstructed the genomes of 57 widespread uncultivated bacteria from post spill sediments, and recovered theirdoi:10.1101/084707 fatcat:2zljjrdq4jb5ne4l5sq5roe63a