Postprint version. Published in Nature Reviews Microbiology, Volume 2, Issue 3, March 1, 2004, pages 217-230.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1038/nrmicro842.
Magnetotactic bacteria were discovered almost 30 years ago, and for many years and many different reasons, the number of researchers working in this field was few and progress was slow. Recently, however, thanks to the isolation of new strains and the development of new techniques for manipulating these strains, researchers from several laboratories have made significant progress in elucidating the molecular, biochemical, chemical and genetic bases of magnetosome formation and understanding how these unique intracellular organelles function. We focus here on this progress.
2004 Nature Publishing Group.