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Hardy Microbe Thrives at pH 0

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Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1731-1732
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1731

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A team of geomicrobiologists has detected a new microbe that survives in some of the most acidic waters on Earth, at a seemingly impossible pH near 0. That makes this critter, a member of the microbial kingdom Archaea, one of a few record-setting bugs that can survive in conditions usually toxic to life as we know it. The discovery of the microbe, dubbed Ferroplasma acidarmanus, is reported on page 1796.

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