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[Microbiology] The world's oldest bacteria

vinay.mahesh1 from gmail.com via microbio%40net.bio.net (by vinay.mahesh1 from gmail.com)
Wed Aug 29 00:31:03 EST 2007


A research team has for the first time ever discovered DNA from living
bacteria that are more than half a million years old.

http://www.theanalystmagazine.com/pr/23669.htm

Never before has traces of still living organisms that old been found.
The exceptional discovery can lead to a better understanding of the
ageing of cells and might even cast light on the question of life on
Mars.



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