New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollution

Posted by Mike Confino, November 11, 2014

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It’s been known for decades that certain organisms, found primarily deep in the ground and under bodies of water, can break down the toxic substances created by many industries. These pollution-gobbling microbes have been used to treat things like groundwater contamination and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in a process known as bioremediation. But the method hasn’t exactly taken off—reproducing enough of these organisms for treatments and further study has been difficult, and scientists haven’t quite understood how the organisms actually dismantle these complex chemicals.

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