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Engineered Bacteria Mop Up Mercury Spills

Thousands of tons of toxic mercury are released into the environment every year. Much of this collects in sediment where it is converted into toxic methyl mercury, and enters the food chain ending up in the fish we eat. New research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Biotechnology, showcases genetically engineered bacteria which are not only able to withstand high levels of mercury but are also able to mop up mercury from their surroundings.

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"Characterization of mercury bioremediation by transgenic bacteria expressing metallothionein and polyphosphate kinase." (http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcbiotechnol/)
 
 

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