This Science Experiment Will Run for 500 Years

This Science Experiment Will Run for 500 Years

\" \" Glass vials containing bacteria for the 500-year experiment are shown. AdvertisementAdvertisementIn an email interview, Charles Cockell, one of the scientists involved with the experiment, said the motivation for the experiment was straightforward. We wanted to create an experiment that was more aligned to the lengths of time of interest for studying microbes.\" For the experiment, team members filled 800 vials with one of two types of bacteria: Chroococcidiopsis or Bacillus subtilis. After two years of isolation, bacteria spores demonstrated hardly any decrease in viability.

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