The journal Science reports that scientists have found a microbe that converts light to energy, a process known as photosynthesis.
It has been discovered in the famous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, in the American north-west.
They say that studying the bacterium could help produce stocks of fossil fuels.
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original article here
Candidatus Chloracidobacterium thermophilum: An Aerobic Phototrophic Acidobacterium
Donald A. Bryant, Amaya M. Garcia Costas, Julia A. Maresca, Aline Gomez Maqueo Chew, Christian G. Klatt, Mary M. Bateson, Luke J. Tallon, Jessica Hostetler, William C. Nelson, John F. Heidelberg, and David M. Ward
Science 27 July 2007: 523-526.
A distinctive, oxygen-tolerant photosynthetic bacterium has been identified in a metagenomic study of hot-spring communities in Yellowstone National Park. see here