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Moorella thermoacetica, previously known as Clostridium thermoaceticum, is an acetogenic, thermophilic, strictly anaerobic, endospore-forming, bacterium belonging to the phylum Firmicutes.[1]

Moorella thermoacetica
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Moorella thermoacetica
Collins, Lawson, Willems, Cordoba, Fernandez-Garayzabal, Garcia Cai, Hippe & Farrow, 1994

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including Peidong Yang, were able to induce M. thermoacetica to photosynthesize, despite its not being photosynthetic. It also synthesized semiconductor nanoparticles, thus using light to produce chemical products other than those produced in photosynthesis.[2]

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  1. ^ Collins, M. D.; Lawson, P. A.; Willems, A.; Cordoba, J. J.; Fernandez-Garayzabal, J.; Garcia, P.; Cai, J.; Hippe, H.; Farrow, J. A. E. (1994). "The Phylogeny of the Genus Clostridium: Proposal of Five New Genera and Eleven New Species Combinations". International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. 44 (4): 812–826. doi:10.1099/00207713-44-4-812. ISSN 0020-7713. PMID 7981107.
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