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2008 News in Brief



Scientists reveal lifestyle evolution of marine bacteria

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Wild ocean bacteria organize into professions that partition resources rather than competing for them, so that microbes with one lifestyle, such as free-floating cells, flourish in proximity with closely related microbes that may spend life attached to zooplankton or algae. This new information and the methodology behind it could change the way scientists approach the classification of microbes by making it possible to determine on a large scale, relatively speaking, the genetic basis for ecological niches, according to Professors Eric Alm and Martin Polz. Read more.