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Journey to the Invisible World

... distinguishes microorganisms from all other living beings on Earth is their potential immortality. Microorganisms reproduce through binary fission, that is, divide in two, which means that they have no predecessors, no dead ancestors. The genome of living bacteria contains all the changes that have taken place in themselves, and not in their late parents — this is their peculiar “life chronicle”. In effect, microorganisms are “clones” and as such they are equivalent. Thanks to this feature, it ...

Modified: 25.08.2007
microorganisms , geysers , hot springs , bacteria , genome , evolution , origin of life
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