Breathing Rust Questions

After reading the article "Breathing rust - and new life into bug science", by Mary Wiltenburg. © The Christian Science Monitor. October 16, 2003, answer these questions in complete sentences.

  1. What would be a quick way to poison the geobacter?
  2. What does geobacteraceae mean?
  3. List four non-gaseous materials that bacteria can breath.
  4. Think about why we breath oxygen. Think about the role of oxygen in cellular respiration. Now speculate about the role of iron in the bacteria's respiration. Hint: also look at the seventh paragraph.
  5. Aside from cleaning up around leaky gas tanks, what are the two practical uses Dr. Lovley has found for geobacter?
  6. What amazing statement does Dr. Lovley make about the biomasses of Earth's organism?
  7. Explain how the geobacter's heat tolerance impacts how humans will look for life on other planets.