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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Clarke, T.A., Edwards, M.J. Uncovering nature’s electronics. Nat Chem Biol 16, 1041–1042 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41589-020-00655-9