Geobacter's Microbial Nanowires (image) University of Massachusetts at Amherst 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. Credit UMass Amherst Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.