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Thursday, January 06, 2005

I didn't even know this was possible!

I guess necessity is the mother of evolution as well as invention and humans are not the only and perhaps not even the primary combatants of human-produced destructive waste. It just may take more time than humans have for nature to cope with our toxic mess. A reminder that life -itself- is pretty amazing.
Science - Reuters Thu Jan 6, 4:46 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pollution-eating bacteria first found in sewage sludge may have evolved its talents in response to human contamination of the environment, researchers said on Thursday.

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The researchers, including teams at Cornell, Johns Hopkins University and Technical University in Berlin, found genes for 19 different reductive dehalogenases, enzymes that help D. ethenogenes microbe "breathe" chlorinated solvents.

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