Mystery microbes of the sea

What gobbles up millions of tons of poisonous ammonia each year, making the water safe for fish?

By Douglas Fox, 12:39 PM September 26, 2013

When Alyson Santoro moved from California to Massachusetts in 2008, she shipped most of her things by truck. But Santoro kept one important item close as she drove across the country. It was a plastic cooler. Four square bottles sat inside, each wrapped in tinfoil. The seawater that sloshed around in them contained millions of mysterious microbes.


Santoro had scooped up the waterborne microbes a year earlier while cruising the Pacific Ocean. They were in the water that she sampled as part of ...

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