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Patented bioelectrodes have electrifying taste for waste

New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity a process thats ready to be scaled up to industrial levels. The thick biofilm, a gelatin microbial dynamo of sorts, is a combination of cells loaded with cytochromes, metal-based proteins, and pili, hairlike protein filaments discovered and patented by MSUs Gemma Reguera, associate professor of microbiology.”

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