This bacterium was found in the Arctic Ocean



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This bacterium was found in the Arctic Ocean



Bacteria are known to cause sexually transmitted infections in humans, but they also appear to be partial to deep sediments in the Arctic Ocean, Metro reports.

Apparently, he is capable of living under tremendous pressure in conditions without oxygen and without a host organism. Finding Chlamydiae in this environment was quite unexpected, and of course the question arose as to what they were doing on earth?



Said Jennah Dharamshi, a doctoral student from Uppsala University in Sweden and lead author of the study on the finding, which was published in the journal Current Biology. The bacteria were found approximately two miles below the surface in hydrothermal channels between Iceland, Norway and Svalbard.

Chlamydia specifically interacts with organisms such as animals, plants, and fungi, and including microscopic organisms such as amoebae, algae, and plankton. Chlamydians spend much of their lives inside the cells of their hosts.

Most of the knowledge about Chlamydia is based on studies of pathogenic lines in the laboratory. While researchers say they don't really know how it survives, they think it may have something to do with sediment compounds. However, some of the new types of chlamydia they found were “extremely abundant” down there.

“Most of life on earth is microbial, and currently most of it cannot be grown in a laboratory,” explained Thijs Ettema, a professor of microbiology at Wageningen & Research University in the Netherlands who led the work.

Using genomic methods, we get a clearer picture of the diversity of life. Whenever we explore a different environment, we discover groups of microbes that are new to science. This tells us just how much is left to discover.

This bacterium was found in the Arctic Ocean

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