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  Study reveals success behind ocean bacteria

Photo of article The ocean is home to our planet's most successful bacteria new research from Sweden shows. Funded in part by the GENOME EVOLUTION ('Tracing the evolution of alpha-proteobacterial genomes') project that clinched a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (EIF) grant worth EUR 166 500 under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the study sheds fresh light on why bacteria that form part of the SAR11 group are successful and also probes some generally accepted theories. Published in two articles in the journals Molecular Biology and Evolution and PLoS ONE, the research found a rare and unknown relative of mitochondria — the 'energisers' of cells.

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Published: 10 October 2011

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