‘Alien’ Alga Steals Genes to Survive Extreme Environments

'Alien' Alga Steals Genes to Survive Extreme EnvironmentsThe red alga Galdieria sulphuraria has a penchant for extremes. The single-celled organism can be found in hot sulfur springs in Iceland or Yellowstone National Park, cooking up food through photosynthesis. But it can just as well thrive in the caustic drainage of a dark old mine shaft among toxic metals like arsenic and mercury, feeding on bacteria.


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