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Uncovering nature’s electronics

The electrogenic bacterium Geobacter synthesizes conductive extracellular nanowires to facilitate electron transfer that powers respiration. A highly conductive form of these nanowires is now revealed to be composed of oligomers of an 8-heme cytochrome, OmcZ.

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Fig. 1: Comparison of Geobacter nanowires.


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Clarke, T.A., Edwards, M.J. Uncovering nature’s electronics. Nat Chem Biol 16, 1041–1042 (2020).

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