Bacteria that live in the human intestine and can cause diarrhea produce electricity, according to a study.
The Listeria monocytogenes virus, which can also cause miscarriages, produces an electrical current when it removes the waste products from its cells.
Hundreds of other bacteria, including those that cause gangrene and hospital infections, as well as the insects involved in the fermentation of yogurt, also create "sparks".
Researchers believe that these bacteria could create "living batteries", which can generate electricity from insects in wastewater plants.
Bacteria that live in the human intestine and can cause diarrhea produce electricity (stock)
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, measured the electrical current that comes from Listeria monocytogenes.
The results, published in the journal Nature, suggest that the fault produces the same amount of electricity as other bacteria known to activate electric currents.
The author of the study, Professor Dan Portnoy, said: "The fact that so many insects interact with humans, whether as pathogens or probiotics or in our microbiota or participate in the fermentation of human products, are electrogenic, something that before It had been overlooked.
"You could tell us a lot about how these bacteria infect us or help us have a healthy bowel."
Certain bacteria generate electricity to eliminate the residual electrons, which constitute the atomic particles, as well as to increase their energy production.
This involves insects that transfer electrons out of their cells, which triggers an electric current that transports the particles.
Some scientists have made a battery by sticking an electrical conductor in a flask of bacteria to generate electricity.
Many bacteria seem to generate electricity only when they need it, such as when their oxygen levels are low. If this process could be manipulated, it could be used to ferment foods like sauerkraut and manufacture probiotics, according to scientists.
Hundreds of other bacteria, including those that cause gangrene and hospital infections, as well as the insects involved in the fermentation of yogurt, also create electricity (stock)
This comes after a scientist of a man of 64 years of Cornwall discovered yesterday a species of completely new bacterium.
The unidentified patient went to his doctor with cellulitis, which is a common infection that can turn red, swollen and hot to the touch.
Laboratory tests revealed that the responsible bacteria had never been documented before, but were similar to others.
The researchers called the new strain of infection by Staph cornubiensis, after the medieval name of the historic English county of Cornwall.
They believe that it is part of a group of bacteria known as GV Staphylococci, which are usually transmitted to humans from domestic dogs.
It is not clear if the patient owned a dog or had been in contact with it before developing cellulite.