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Figure 1: Magnetite-bearing teeth of the mollusc Cryptochiton stelleri .
Figure 2: A freshwater magnetotactic bacterium.
Figure 3: A linear chain of biogenic magnetite crystals, extracted from tissues in the frontal region of the sockeye salmon8, Oncorhynchus nerka, a close relative of the rainbow trout, O. mykiss .

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