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Genomic expansion of magnetotactic bacteria reveals an early common origin of magnetotaxis with lineage-specific evolution

Roberts, Andrew P.; Paterson, Greig A; Lin, Wei; Zhang, Wensi; Zhao, Xiang; Bazylinski, Dennis; Pan, Yongxin


The origin and evolution of magnetoreception, which in diverse prokaryotes and protozoa is known as magnetotaxis and enables these microorganisms to detect Earth’s magnetic field for orientation and navigation, is not well understood in evolutionary biology. The only known prokaryotes capable of sensing the geomagnetic field are magnetotactic bacteria (MTB), motile microorganisms that biomineralize intracellular, membrane-bounded magnetic single-domain crystals of either magnetite (Fe3O4) or...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: The International Society of Microbial Ecology
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0098-9
Access Rights: Open Access


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