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Do Black Holes Seed the Formation of Galaxies?

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Science  16 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5912, pp. 323
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5912.323b

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The verdict from a study presented here at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society is that rather than forming after galaxies have taken shape, black holes are the seeds around which galaxies grow. The findings could lead to a better understanding of how galaxies are born.