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Shewanella oneidensis bacteria illustration - a step towards a new sustainable energy solution
Scientist Moh El-Naggar studies bacteria that construct membrane wires to “breathe“ rock. This illustration depicts a wire composed of spherical vesicles containing electron-transporting proteins (red and green). (Illustration/Courtesy of Sahand Pirbadian, USC and Poorna Subramanian, Caltech)

Harnessing energy from living sources has potential for new sustainable technology

The nanowire structure and electron transfer process of a unique bacterium could provide a sustainable energy solution.