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Microbes -- Important Role in Ocean Ecology

November 13, 2008

unidentified cyanobacteria 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. Full Story

University of California - Santa Cruz

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