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Jul 2, 2021

How ethane-consuming microbes pick up their favorite dish

Hot vents in the deep sea are home to microbes that feed on ethane. They were discovered recently from scientists of the Max Planck Institute for M...

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Crystal of an enzyme (©Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, T. Wagner)
Enzym-Kristalle. (© Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie, T. Wagner)
Nov 16, 2020

Cellular powerplant recycles waste gases

Carbon monoxide is a very poisonous gas. Humans die within minutes when they inhale it. However, some microorganisms tolerate carbon monoxide and e...

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Pictures of F420H2-oxidase crystals obtained aerobically with a typical size of 0.1 mm. With oxygen the Fe and flavin inside the enzyme give the natural yellow color to the crystals.
Pictures of F420H2-oxidase crystals obtained aerobically with a typical size of 0.1 mm. With oxygen the Fe and flavin inside the enzyme give the natural yellow color to the crystals. (© Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology/T. Wagner)
Sep 28, 2020

Water at the end of the tunnel

We humans need oxygen to breath – for a lot of microbes it is a lethal poison. That is why microorganisms have developed ways to render oxygen mole...

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