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Scientists Find "Bipolar" Distribution of Marine Bacteria, Refuting Idea that "Everything is Everywhere"

January 14, 2013

the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula In another blow to the "Everything is Everywhere" tenet of bacterial distribution in the ocean, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have found "bipolar" species of bacteria that occur in the Arctic and Antarctic, but nowhere else. And, surprisingly, they found even fewer bipolar species than would turn up by chance if marine bacteria were randomly distributed everywhere. Full Story

Marine Biological Laboratory

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