The team discovered a previously unknown lipid, or fatty compound, in a virus that has been attacking and killing Fmiliania huxleyi, a phytoplankton that plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. Kay Bidle, Rutgers assistant professor of marine science at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, said their research found programmed cell death to be an important process in the fate of marine phytoplankton and in the demise of blooms in the oceans.
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