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Vitosha Mountain, which rises above the capital Sofia, is the locality where Bulgarian and Japanese scientists discovered a bacteria named Leptothrix, which can be used for the restoration of disrupted neural connections, in prosthetics and in the creation of an artificial retina. Professor Ivan Nedkov from the Institute of Economics with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, announced that a project is under way for the cultivation of the bacteria in an artificial medium. In order for the bacteria to be successfully isolated, scientists should recreate the conditions of its natural habitat.
originally posted by: reldra
The bacteria has papers written about it since at least 1969.