BABS Scientists Discover New Way Microbes Can Share DNA

Date: 
23/08/2017

Professor Rick Cavicchioli and his team have a Nature Microbiology paper published on their research that investigated microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica and found a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.

The paper is ‘A plasmid from an Antarctic haloarchaeon uses specialized membrane vesicles to disseminate and infect plasmid-free cells’ and can be read here.

The research has been highlighted by UNSW on its Newsroom site:
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/antarctic-salt-loving-microbes-provide-insights-evolution-viruses

Science faculty:
https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/news/study-antarctic-salt-loving-microbes-provide-insights-evolution-viruses

And New Scientist:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2144518-antarctic-mystery-microbe-could-tell-us-where-viruses-came-from/

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