Postprint version. Published in Hyperfine Interactions, Volume 90, Issue 1, December 1, 1994, pages 135-142. Copyright © 1994 Springer. The original publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02069123.
Magnetotactic bacteria contain magnetic particles that constitute a permanent magnetic dipole and cause each cell to orient and migrate along geomagnetic field lines. Recent results relevant to the biomineralization process and to the function of magnetotaxis are discussed.