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Big black hole found in tiny galaxy

Conventional wisdom tells us that supermassive black holes are found exclusively in massive galaxies undergoing little star formation. But one such object has now been discovered in a star-forming dwarf galaxy. See Letter p.66

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Greene, J. Big black hole found in tiny galaxy. Nature 470, 45–46 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/470045a

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