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Center for Electromicrobiology/Aarhus University
Cable bacteria, a newly discovered form of life.

[Rerun] Wired up to nature

Bacteria can live electrically, for example, by drawing on natural batteries or giving each other small shocks. Some of the most interesting bacteria that live by conducting electricity are spinning electrical cables in the rotten mud bottom of Aarhus Bay.

Henrik Prætorius interviews Professor Lars Peter Nielsen from the Center for Electromicrobiology at the University of Aarhus (in Danish).

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Read more about the research behind this story (in English) here :  Electric bacteria in the spotlight and Microbial Electricity.

Science Stories is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.