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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The 'intraterrestrials'

Graphic of viruses attempting to dock on a microbial mat, using the tips of their tails.
The intraterrestrials, they might be called.
Strange creatures live in the deep sea, but few are odder than the viruses that inhabit deep ocean methane seeps and prey on single-celled microorganisms called archaea.
The least understood of life's three primary domains, archaea thrive in the most extreme environments on the planet: near hot ocean rift vents, in acid mine drainage, in the saltiest of evaporation ponds and in petroleum deposits deep ...
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This is an NSF Discoveries item.

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