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- n. Any supposed microorganism much smaller than a bacterium
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We're dealing with sort of a — a soil nanobacterium.
"indestructible" bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans that (probably) survived the Trinity A-bomb test is a worthy emblem for New Mexico, while the titchy state of Rhode Island would feel mighty next to a nanobacterium.