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Competing Interests

Donald R. Deis and Stefan M. Bourgoin are employees of Atkins, Inc.

Author Contributions

Donald R Deis conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper, writing and analysis.

John W Fleeger conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper, writing and editing.

Stefan M Bourgoin conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper, analysis and figures.

Irving A Mendelssohn conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, reviewed drafts of the paper, editing.

Qianxin Lin conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, reviewed drafts of the paper, editing, data.

Aixin Hou conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, reviewed drafts of the paper, editing.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)

https://data.gulfresearchinitiative.org/data/R2.x211.000:0002

doi:10.7266/N7FF3Q9S

Funding

This research was made possible by a grant (SA 13-30/GoMRI-013) from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. BP and Atkins Inc. have no role in study design / data collection and analysis / decision to publish / preparation of the manuscript. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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