June 25, 2022

The biggest bacterium yet discovered lives on Guadeloupe

The biggest bacterium yet discovered lives on Guadeloupe
The biggest bacterium yet discovered lives on GuadeloupeThe biggest bacterium yet discovered lives on Guadeloupe
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At a full centimetre long, this is the largest species of bacterium yet discovered. It was found in a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe by Jean-Marie Volland of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California, and his colleagues. They have dubbed it Thiomargarita magnifica in a paper just published in Science. To supply its elongated body with appropriate biomolecules, it contains half a million copies of the circular dna molecules that constitute its genome, each doing its thing locally to keep the organism alive.

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