Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Bacteria form electric circuits?

"Bacterial hair-like extensions appear to be capable of conducting electricity down their length, possibly playing a key role in respiration by allowing the cells to dump electrons at distances far outside the cell." Read more @ The Scientist. Full paper:

H.W. Harris, M.Y. El-Naggar, O. Bretschger, M. Ward, M. Romine, A. Obraztsova, and K.H. Nealson. Electrokinesis is a microbial behavior that requires extracellular electron transport, PNAS, 107(1), 326-331, 2010 doi:10.1073/pnas.0907468107

See NanoBio group at USC

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