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Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

20:00 EDT 20 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(University of New South Wales) UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way the microbes can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.The research, based on 18 months of water sampling in remote Antarctic locations, could throw light on the evolutionary history of viruses. The team discovered some of the microbes contained small molecules of DNA called plasmids.

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