These bacteria produce gold by digesting toxic metals

Published: 31/01/2018
These bacteria produce gold by digesting toxic metals
Source: WWW.EUREKALERT.ORG

High concentrations of heavy metals, like copper and gold, are toxic for most living creatures. This is not the case for the bacterium C. metallidurans, which has found a way to extract valuable trace elements from a compound of heavy metals without poisoning itself. One interesting side-effect: the formation of tiny gold nuggets. A team of researchers led by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenb

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