US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — In samples of water that scientists took at a depth of over two kilometers, completely new strains of chlamydia were discovered. New organisms turned out to be a real secret for specialists.
Chlamydia in most cases live in the bodies of animals or humans and can provoke the appearance of various diseases of a sexual nature. New strains of bacteria were the first case that chlamydia can exist quite normally outside the “host”.
This discovery was made by scientists from the University of Uppsala and Bergen.
They initially planned to study hydrothermal springs, which were called Locke Castle and which are located at a depth of more than two kilometers under water.
Experts called the discovered strains of bacteria a real “treasure”, and some commentators believe that this is a “chlamydial bomb” and are interested in whether new types of chlamydia can be dangerous for people.
Thais Ettema said that before scientists could not even assume that chlamydia can live quite normally as autonomous organisms. It is worth noting that scientists tried to propagate chlamydia under artificial conditions, but they did not succeed.
This indicates that bacteria are not completely autonomous and may be associated with some other organisms.
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