posted on May, 20 2004 @ 03:23 AM
Doctors claim to have uncovered new evidence that the tiny particles known as "nannobacteria" are indeed alive and may cause a range of human
illnesses. They are roughly 100 nanometres in size, (a billionth of a metre is a nanometre).
They are believed to be the cause of some forms of diseases, though which are still being discovered.
These particles were originally dismissed as 'simply too small' to be life.
Currently, it is believed that for a cell to exist and function (with DNA and proteins), it must be 140 nm across.
They previously caused controvesy when they were found in a Martian meteorite.
The existence of nannobacteria is one of the most controversial of scientific questions - some experts claim they are simply too small to be life
But US scientists report they have now isolated these cell-like structures in tissue from diseased human arteries.
Their research is described in the American Journal of Physiology.
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[Edited on 20-5-2004 by Zion Mainframe]