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Giant bacteria visible to naked eye found in Caribbean swamp

Telegraph, 24 Jun 2022
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On sunken leaves in the waters of a Caribbean mangrove swamp, researchers discovered a bacterium that challenges the prevailing view of bacterial cell size; counter to the notion that microbes are only visible with a microscope, this one – named Thiomargarita magnifica – is larger than all other known giant bacteria by 50-fold, and can be seen by the naked eye, the study’s authors say.

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