First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life

March 2, 2015 6:11 AM

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First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life

The cells have an typical volume of .009 cubic microns (a single micron is 1 millionth of a meter). About 150 of these bacteria could match inside an Escherichia coli cell and extra than 150,000 cells could match onto the tip of a human hair.

The scientists report their findings Friday, Feb. 27, in the journal Nature Communications.

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