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Image: Marine sponges, like Theonella swinhoei, have emerged as one of the most prolific sources for discovery of novel secondary metabolites. Photo by National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Pingtung, Taiwan.

Sponges that sponge off bacteria

Medical compounds harvested from a marine sponge are actually produced by symbiotic bacteria living in the sponges. The Science: The research team used single-cell genome analysis, and metagenomic sequencing to find that just two bacterial tenants of a marine sponge, Theonella swinhoei, make … Read More

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