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July 16, 2006

Bacteria that make electricity could be leveraged with synthetic biology for biology based electronics

Microbiologist Discovers Our Planet Is Hard-wired With Electricity-producing Bacteria, which could be leve raged using synthetic biology. Yuri Gorby discovered that a microbe which transforms toxic metals can sprout tiny electrically conductive wires from its cell membrane, he reasoned this anatomical oddity and its metal-changing physiology must be related. It now turns out that not only are the wires and their ability to alter metal connected—but that many other bacteria, including species involved in fermentation and photosynthesis, can also form wires under a variety of environmental conditions.

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