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February 15 2013

Oceans Have Been The Stage For Earthís Longest Ongoing Battle Between Bacteria And A Virus


A new study led by Oregon State University reveals that the greatest battle in Earthís history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years. And the battle, which no one knew existed until now, is far from over.

The findings of this study were published in a recent issue of Nature.

On one side of the battle lines stands SAR11, a bacterium thatís the most abundant organism in the oceans, surviving where most other cells would die and playing a major role in the planetís carbon cycle. Scientists have theorized that SAR11 was so small and widespread it must be invulnerable to attack.

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