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A 'B-12 Shot' for Marine Algae? Scientists find key protein for algae growth in the ocean
Description: Many algae, as well as land-dwelling animals, including humans, require B12, but they cannot make it and must either acquire it from the environment or eat food that contains B12. Scientists have now revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows marine algae at the base of the oceanic food chain to thrive. They have discovered a previously unknown protein in algae that grabs vitamin B12 out of the seawater. [Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute]
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Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Publish Date: 5/31/2012
Reading Level: Basic
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