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Hydrogen for dinner


The vast array of bacterium–animal symbioses at deep-sea hydrothermal vents was thought to be fuelled by just two chemicals. A study of one such symbiosis in its environmental context reveals a third energy source. See Article p. 176

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Figure 1: In hot water.


Figure 2: Hydrogen-consuming symbiosis.


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Orphan, V., Hoehler, T. Hydrogen for dinner. Nature 476, 154–155 (2011).

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