Thiomargarita namibiensis
Dena Burns

MicroNews Daily

Sports Section

May 5, 1999

Biggest Bout of the Year

"Sulfur Pearl of Namibia Expected to Take the Title"

By Dena Burns-Associated Press
Saturday, May 8, Thiomargarita namibiensis takes on Epulopiscium fishelsoni in the biggest boxing bout of the year at the Bacteriodome.  The newcomer to the boxing scene, Thiomargarita namibiensis, is expected to win this match.  Epulopiscium fishelsoni, the largest previously known bacterium in the circuit, comes from the guts of surgeonfish and has a lot of experience but does not have quite the size as Thiomargarita namibiensis.  If Thiomargarita was compared to the size of a blue whale, then an ordinary bacterium would be a bit smaller than a newborn mouse and Epulopiscium would be about as big as a lion.

*Disclaimer - This report was written by a student participaring in a microbiology course at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The accuracy of the contents of this report is not guaranteed and it is recommended that you seek additional sources of information to verify the contents.


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