GM bacteria produce valuable compounds

The following is an edited excerpt.

When Michigan State University artist Adam Brown learned of a type of bacteria,Cupriavidus metallidurans, that can extract pure gold from the toxic solution gold chloride (a totally artificial salt), he hurried to an expert colleague, microbiologist Kazem Kashefi, with a question: “Is it possible to make enough gold to put in the palm of my hand?”

The inefficient technique won’t supplant traditional mining, but the idea of using microbes as production facilities for a range of rare and difficult-to-produce materials has been gaining traction over the past several years.

Read the full article here: Microbial Powerhouses Produce Valuable Compounds

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