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Biology: scientists discover a giant bacterium visible to the naked eye

June 27, 2022

From BBC News Brazil to London

Photo credit, LABORATOIRE NATIONAL LAWRENCE BERKELEY

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In the image you can see the bacteria Thiomargarita magnifica (white filaments) compared to a 10 cent coin.

A group of scientists has just announced the details of the largest bacterium ever found in nature. It is so large that it can be seen with the naked eye, without the need for a microscope.

With the evocative name of Thiomargarita magnifica, it looks like white lint and inhabits the mangroves of Guadalupe, an archipelago located in the southern Caribbean.

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