The Hunt for Electrically Active Microbes

The Hunt for Electrically Active Microbes
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Seven miles uphill from the nearest road, on the southern end of Yellowstone National Park, lies Heart Lake Geyser Basin, home to multiple hot springs but far from the typical tourist itinerary. Four years ago, Washington State University graduate student Abdelrhman Mohamed and several colleagues made the trek up, food packed in jars to avoid attracting bears, on the hunt for new bacterial species in the alkaline waters of the springs.

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