Uncovering nature’s electronics

September 17th, 2020 by Thomas A. Clarke

Nature Chemical Biology, Published online: 17 September 2020; doi:10.1038/s41589-020-00655-9

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.