I am working on a post about how huge the discoveries that bacteria can conduct electricity can potentially be. This is a simple animation showing a model of a Geopilus with the phenylalanine residues at the amino terminus of each subunit in spacefill and colored blue. It is suggested the electrons leaving the bacterial cell travel along these pili via aromatic amino acids, especially the phenylalanines.
- Animated GIF: Bacteria swimming (mhrussel.wordpress.com)
- How do bacteria make decisions? Part 5: Mystery of a mysterious kind (mhrussel.wordpress.com)
- We are living in a bacterial world, and it’s impacting us more than previously thought (phys.org)
- Bacterial Nanowires Require Key Amino Acids to Conduct Electricity (azonano.com)