Every living thing on Earth has a microscopic structure in all cells call mitochondria which uses oxygen to produce energy. There has only been one known exception to this ‘rule’ up to now – some tiny creatures living in the oxygen depleted waters at the very bottom of the dark black oceans have mitchondria but use a replacement for oxygen called hydrogen sulphate.
But now scientists have found a strange parasite inside a jellyfish. Parasites are not normally loved, but science researchers now find them fascinating as they found this parasite doesn’t have a gene to make a mitochondria. So how can this parasite exist. Researchers are working on this now!
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