Torsten Thomas


An unprecedented global survey of marine sponges – the most ancient multicellular lifeforms on Earth— has revealed they make a massive contribution to the total microbial diversity of the world’s oceans.

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UNSW scientists hope to unlock the secrets of millions of marine microbes with the help of an international team of volunteers sharing their spare computer capacity to create a research “supercomputer”.

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A rapid evolutionary “arms race” between bacteria and the killer viruses they contain has been observed by a UNSW-led team of scientists in a sophisticated genetic study.