‘Pac-Man’ Microorganisms Gobble Up Viruses Like Pellets of Energy

weightlifting It is a single-celled organism covered in cilia, or tiny hairs, that help it move through the water. He has an appetite for viruses. (Image credit: Proyecto Agua via flickr; (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

Are viruses the new gourmet food of the day? Perhaps for the tiny single-celled organisms that live in freshwater bodies around the world.

A new study, published December 27 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (opens in a new tab)finds that single-celled organisms called weightlifting he may be eating viruses like Pac-Man eats pellets, and could possibly change the way scientists think about the world Coal cycling.

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