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The 'Mount Everest' of bacteria discovered in Caribbean swamps

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The 'Mount Everest' of bacteria discovered in Caribbean swamps

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WASHINGTON : The largest-known bacterium - a vermicelli-shaped organism that was discovered in shallow mangrove swamps in the Caribbean and is big enough to be seen with the naked eye - is redefining what is possible for bacteria, Earth's most ancient life form.

Scientists said on Thursday the bacterium, called Thiomargarita magnifica, is noteworthy not merely for its size - colossal for a single-celled organism at up to about eight-tenths of an inch (2 cm) long - but also because its internal architecture is unlike other bacteria.

Filaments of the bacterium Thiomargarita magnifica from Guadeloupe, a French archipelago in the Caribbean, are seen in this undated handout image.Researchers at the U.S.


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Category: Business

Topics: Guadeloupe Cell Thiomargarita Laboratory Magnifica Other Caribbean Bacteria Bacterium Complex Genome

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Published On: 2022-06-24, 02:13:37

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