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Mighty Microbes and Waste Clean Up

At the Society for General Microbiology's meeting in Edinburgh, the Scientific American is reporting on two interesting examples of researchers using microbes for bioremediation.

The first one is a mixed ecosystem of particular bacteria that can survive—and clean up—one of the most lethal man-made environments: the residue from extracting petroleum from oil sands.

The second shows how E. coli does a pretty good job of cleaning up iuranium, in conjunction with a cheap, widely available chemical (inositol phosphate), from the polluted waters of mines.

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