What size should a bacterium be? A question of scale.


There are living prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) that have cell sizes that range from 0.02-400 microns3. Over this tremendous range, various abilities to cope with the environment are needed. This review attempts to formulate some of the problems and some of the solutions. The smallest size for a free-living organism is suggested to be largely set by the… (More)


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