The strangeness of life: the discovery of a giant bacterium visible to the naked eye in the swamp!

Un filament de Candidatus Thiomargarita magnifica, la bactérie la plus longue jamais découverte. © Jean-Marie Volland

Almost all Bacteria InvisibleEye Naked. Due to their small size, the array MicronThey can only see Microscope. Almost all because an international team of researchers – including the French people – made an incredible discovery. A bacterium or instead A megabacterium, very large Visible to the naked eye. It is 9,000 micrometers or 0.9 cm, and is isolated in the collected samples Wetlands From Guadeloupe. ” It is 5,000 times larger than most bacteria. Depending on the situation, it would be like one man meeting another like Mount Everest Says Jean-Marie Woland, first writerStudy published in Science.

In addition to its record size, Candidatus thiomarcarita MagnificaA Species Discovered in 2009, it presents a distinct structure among bacteria. His Gene It is present in about half a million copies and is preserved in membranous organs – genetically free-floating in most bacteria Cytoplasm. These bacteria do not Pathogens To man.

These long strands are not worms, but organisms’ megabacteria Candidate Theomargarita magnifica. © Thomas Timel

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