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Microbial ecology: Here, there and everywhere

Deep sequencing of hydrothermal vent and upper ocean water samples further implicate the ocean as a microbial ‘seed bank’. Do these data finally reveal that everything is everywhere? To some extent, but questions remain as to whether these ocean-borne microbes are, in fact, viable and colonize distant locales.

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Girguis, P. Microbial ecology: Here, there and everywhere. Nat Microbiol 1, 16123 (2016).

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