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News Release 11-268

Badwater Basin: Death Valley Microbe Thrives There

Discovery may lead to novel biotech and nanotech uses

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Image of Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park.

Badwater Basin, lowest elevation in North America, at Death Valley National Park.

Credit: Dennis Bazylinski and Christopher Lefèvre


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A drop of water containing cells of BW-1 swimming left (northward), then changing direction when the magnetic field is reversed.

Credit: Dennis Bazylinski and Christopher Lefèvre

 

Image of spring at Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, where BW-1 was found.

Spring at Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, where BW-1 was found.

Credit: Dennis Bazylinski and Christopher Lefèvre


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Image of a cell of the magnetotactic bacterium BW-1.

A cell of the magnetotactic bacterium BW-1; it may fuel biotech and nanotech discoveries.

Credit: Dennis Bazylinski and Christopher Lefèvre


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Image of greigite-containing magnetotactic bacterium from Badwater Basin, Death Valley.

Greigite-containing magnetotactic bacterium from Badwater Basin, Death Valley.

Credit: Dennis Bazylinski and Christopher Lefèvre


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Cover of the December 23, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the December 23, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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