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The bacteria in human guts produce electricity

Sep 19, 2018, 7:28 AM EDT
(Source: brett jordan/flickr)
(Source: brett jordan/flickr)

You may be in for a shock to know that more than 100 types of bacteria in the human gut produce electricity, a fact that was unknown to scientists until now.

The microbiologists at the University of California, Berkeley, found that the electricity generation in the human gut takes place by different mechanisms and could be a way to do away with electrons produced by metabolism or to serve as back-up in testing conditions for example in a low-oxygen gut, reports Live Science.

The quest to produce living batteries from microbes gets a boost from the discovery, with possibilities that one day the same mechanism could be used to generate electricity from bacteria in waste treatment plants, writes Science Daily.

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