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An ethanivornous archaeon

Although the scientific evidence has suggested the existence of a microorganism that can consume ethane under anoxic conditions, up until now its identity has remained elusive. Song-Can Chen et al. describe one such microorganism—which they call ‘Candidatus Argoarchaeum ethanivorans’—that can degrade ethane with help of two sulfate-reducing bacteria.

Nature Volume 568 Issue 7750

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