Ultra Tiny Bacteria Discovered in Groundwater

March 4, 2015 3:53 AM

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Comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA evidence helped in proving the existence of these bacteria. The study indicates that the size of these bacteria is the lowest any life-containing cell can ever be. The cells of these bacteria have dense spirals which are probably the DNA matter, ribosomes, hair-like appendages, and a low-life metabolic rate, which makes them dependent on other organisms for survival.

Jill Banfield, a Senior Faculty Scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and a UC Berkeley professor in the departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management, said “These newly described ultra-small bacteria are an example of a subset of the micro...

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