DNA-eating bacteria lurk beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor

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    DNA-eating bacteria lurk beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor
    A flask and the bay

    Microbes are eating DNA on the ocean floor

    Kenneth Wasmund

    By Colin Barras

    For a few species of microbe, DNA is more than a library of genetic information: it’s also lunch. Some bacteria that live in the mud below the seafloor appear to survive by eating DNA trapped in the dirt.

    “This is one of the yummiest things to eat down there,” says Gustavo Ramírez at the University of Southern California. “It’s got the major macronutrients that you get in your lawn fertiliser – carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.”

    Biologists have already established that seafloor mud contains naked DNA …

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