Isolation of a 250 million-year-old halotolerant bacterium from a primary salt crystal

  title={Isolation of a 250 million-year-old halotolerant bacterium from a primary salt crystal},
  author={R. Vreeland and W. Rosenzweig and D. Powers},
  • R. Vreeland, W. Rosenzweig, D. Powers
  • Published 2000
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Bacteria have been found associated with a variety of ancient samples, however few studies are generally accepted due to questions about sample quality and contamination. When Cano and Borucki isolated a strain of Bacillus sphaericus from an extinct bee trapped in 25–30 million-year-old amber, careful sample selection and stringent sterilization techniques were the keys to acceptance. Here we report the isolation and growth of a previously unrecognized spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus species… CONTINUE READING

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