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Mighty Microbes and Waste Clean Up

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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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