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How genetic plunder transformed a microbe into a pink, salt-loving scavenger

The Pink Lakes in Australia are coloured pink by salt-loving microbes. Photo by Neilsphotography.

Most cells would shrivel to death in a salt lake. But not the Halobacteria. These microbes thrive in brine, painting waters a gentle pink or crimson red wherever they bloom. The Halobacteria live in every salt lake on this planet, from the Dead Sea of Israel to the vast salt flats at the feet of [...]

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