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Let's take the example of the model bacterium E. coli, for which one can find the numbers for a wet cell of a dry mass of 0.28pg. If you have a feeling for how much smaller the smallest known bacterium is compared to E. coli, you can ballpark things. The number of carbon atoms in a single E. coli cell is approx. 7x10^9 carbon atoms. The ratio of elements ...


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