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  1. #1 Searching for Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense 
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    Hi.

    We are secondary 5 (grade 11) students from Montreal, Canada who are doing a project on bacteria. We are looking for Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense. This is magnetotactic bacteria. If anybody knows where we can purchase this bacteria, or if anyone knows anything about this bacteria, or about magnetotactic bacteria in general, please respond to this message. Your help will be much appreciated. Thanks!


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  3. #2 magnetotactic bacteria 
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    Hi,

    I just got interested in these guys myself! There really neat. There is a guy here at Berkeley researching the process through which an organelle called the 'magnetosome' is formed. The magnetosome is a chain of magnetite containing vesicles, that allows magnetotactic bacteria to align themselves with the earth's magnetic field. The bacteria he studies are microaerophilic (they like a little bit of oxygen, but not too much), and as such, growing them requires specialized equipment. I'm not sure if these requirements are true of all species. Anyway, let me know if you have any more questions, and check out Dr. Komeili's website http://epmb.berkeley.edu:8080/facPage/dispFP.php?I=380 for more information.

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