Smallest Life-form Known to Man Had Its Genome Mapped

March 3, 2015 5:38 PM

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Scientists were able to obtain the first images and a complete DNA description of the smallest bacteria on Earth. Until now, the existence of such bacteria was only a hypothesis, therefore researchers are thrilled with their new accomplishment.

The team was able to obtain the imagery by using the world’s most accurate electron microscope, which uses a beam of accelerated electrons to recreate an image of the sample examined. Scientists found that the smallest size life may get is no larger than 0.009 cubic microns.

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