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Microbes -- Important Role in Ocean Ecology
November 13, 2008
An unusual microorganism discovered in the open ocean may force scientists to rethink their understanding of how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ocean ecosystems. Researchers characterized the new microbe by analyzing its genetic material and said it appears to be an atypical member of the cyanobacteria that fixes nitrogen but lacks the genes for photosynthesis.
University of California - Santa Cruz
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