How Bacteria Respire Minerals

Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1312-1313
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060572

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Some bacteria respire minerals; that is, they harvest energy from minerals through using them as electron acceptors. Many details of this respiration process have remained obscure. In her Perspective, Newman highlights the study by Lower et al. , who have used a customized atomic force microscope to observe bacteria during mineral respiration.