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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. Bacteria invisible to the naked eye produce vast quantities of methane each year--400 million metric tons. In his Perspective, Ferry discusses the microbial ecology that produces this gas and the crystal structure of the key enzyme in its synthesis--methyl-coenzyme M reductase, as reported in this issue by Ermler et al.

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      protein structure,methane-producing pathways,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,anaerobic microbes,methyl-coenzyme M(CoM) reductase,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722030716481T,Life Science,NSDL

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