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University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Geobacter's Microbial Nanowires

Caption: The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens conducts electricity very effectively along metallic-like pili dubbed "microbial nanowires" by discoverers at UMass Amherst. They recently determined the impact of this conductivity on the biology of the bacterium, confirming an assumption in their earlier work that real metallic-like conductivity is taking place.

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