age of oldest living micro-organism

JJF at novo.dk JJF at novo.dk
Mon Dec 9 05:11:03 EST 1996

Is there anyone, who knows, how long resting micro-organism (also spores) 
can survive in deep surfaces layers? Is it possible to isolate "old" 
bacteria species from drilling core samples dating back thousands or even 
millions of years? And last not least is it possible to revive them on 
agar plates?
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