Surprising metals found in microbes
For first time, organism shown to need rare earth element to survive
By Gabriel Popkin, 14:39 PM November 12, 2013
Look out, smartphone users: Bacteria may be after your rare earths. A microbe that lives in one of Earth’s harshest environments, sulfurous volcanic mud pits, needs one of several industrially valuable metals to make a vital enzyme. While rare earth elements have been found previously in plants and microbes, the mud-pit bacterium is the first organism known to need them for survival.
Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum makes its home in volcanic pools outside Naples, Italy, where it endures steami...
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