First detailed images of smallest bacteria on earth taken by scientists

March 2, 2015 7:18 AM

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First detailed images of smallest bacteria on earth taken by scientists

According to scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, they have succeeded in obtaining microscopic images of the smallest organisms on Earth. The discovery is described in detail in Journal Nature Communications.

The unique bacterium is commonly found in groundwater and has cells that have a volume of only about 0.009 cubic microns. How tiny these microbes are can be estimated by the fact that around 150,000 cells can fit on the tip of human hair or 150 of the bacteria would fit inside a single cell of Esche...

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