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7,000 new marine microbial species

More than 7000 new marine microbial species found

Hong Kong: Over 7,000 new marine species have been discovered from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, shedding new light on understanding of microbial biodiversity in the seas.

The team from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, discovered over 7,000 new biofilm-forming species and 10 new bacterial phyla, breaking the existing belief that the world has only 35,000 marine microbial species and 80 bacterial phyla.

The new species, also included acidobacteria-a natural medicinal phylum with the CRISPR gene editing system-raising hope for the development of new drugs. IANS

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