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Title: Shedding New Light On Proteorhodopsin
Date: 02/09/2007
Publication: Research News, Berkeley Lab
Editor: Lynn Yarris, (510) 486-5375
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BERKELEY, CA — New light has been shed on proteorhodopsin, the light-sensitive protein found in many marine bacteria.  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated that when the ability to respire oxygen is impaired, bacterium equipped with proteorhodopsin will switch to solar power to carry out vital life processes.