How Atomic Tracers Illuminate Microbial Dark Matter in the Deep Sea

Microorganisms are the base of the planet’s biological pyramid, shaping the world we know today in innumerable unseen ways. Nearly everywhere scientists have looked – from subglacial Antarctic lakes to acidic rivers and the ocean’s depths – microbes persist. Yet the vast majority – so-called microbial dark matter – has not been isolated into pure culture, precluding a range of informative experiments. We know microbes are pervasive and we know they’re important, but taking the next step has

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