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Researchers at Yellowstone Park have discovered a new bacterium that is capable of photosynthesis. The new species, Candidatus chloracidobacterium (Cab for short) thermophillum, was found lurking in microbial mats around three of the park's famous hot springs: Mushroom Spring, Octopus Spring, and Green Finger Pool - not far …

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Chlorophylls?

> a quarter of a million chlorophylls

Chlorophyll is the name of the pigment that captures solar photons for the beginning of the photosynthetic pathway. I haven't read TFA, but green plants contain their chlorophyll in organelles called chloroplasts. 250K chlorophylls just doesn't sound right.

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Chlorophylls.

I think the article must mean 250k chlorophyll *molecules* per chlorosome. Seems about order-of-magnitude right for a large antenna complex.

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Its life, Lucy, but not as we know it

Fascinating. Could this be similar to some of the very first bacterial life forms to emerge on Earth?

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