Biology: Scientists discover a giant bacterium that is visible to the naked eye

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In the picture you can see the bacterium Thiomargarita magnifica (white filaments) compared to a 10 cent coin.

A group of scientists has just published the details of the largest bacteria ever found in nature. It is so large that it can be seen with the naked eye, without the need for a microscope.

With the evocative name Thiomargarita magnifica, it looks like white fluff and lives in the mangroves of Guadalupe, an archipelago located in the southern Caribbean.

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