Geobiologists: As Diverse as the Bugs They Study

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 1058-1060
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5570.1058

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In the mid-1980s, Derek Lovley and Kenneth Nealson independently announced the discovery of microbes that live off metals. The claims were surprising, even heretical, but the near-simultaneous findings opened up a new field of study. Since those early discoveries, Lovley's and Nealson's careers have followed similar trajectories.