Can salamanders use silicon instead of carbon?

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Can salamanders use silicon instead of carbon?
« on: 25/03/2011 09:03:48 »
Someone called our radio programme recently and asked me if salamanders use silicon instead of carbon; he claimed to have read a story about this. Is anyone aware of this?

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Can salamanders use silicon instead of carbon?
« Reply #1 on: 26/03/2011 01:02:04 »
Maybe salmonella rather than salamander ...

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There is considerable indirect evidence of Si utilisation by bacteria. Thus, ‘non-typhoidal Salmonella’ ...
http://medind.nic.in/ibr/t00/i2/ibrt00i2p87.pdf

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Can salamanders use silicon instead of carbon?
« Reply #2 on: 31/03/2011 23:38:19 »
the only connection I've heard between silicon & salamanders is that used to seal the tanks in which they are kept.
PS - salamanders are amphibians.