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  1. I believe the line "Green algae, also called cyanobacteria" in this story is erroneous. Cyanobacteria, formerly called "blue algae" or "blue-green algae" are prokaryotes and are completely distinct from green algae, which are eukaryotes. the type of which is Ulva lactuca, an edible common coastal alga. Are the algae "tenuously linked" with Guam ALS/PDC, and those purported to be at the origin of the presence of BMAA in Baltic Sea fauna, bona fide algae or cyanobacteria?

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  2. Reply to comment by Jean-François Foncin
    Dear Dr. Foncin,

    You are quite right. Although cyanobacteria blooms are often called "algal blooms," they are in fact bacteria, not bona fide green algae. Thanks for the catch!

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