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Bacteria to neutralize radioactive metals

September 11, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Researcher Judy Wall is experimenting with bacteria that can cleanse the radioactivity from toxic areas by rendering the heavy metals into non-toxic, inert versions.

The technology is not without its flaws (the bacteria can’t exist in an oxygenated environment yet), but it does have the potential to cleanse some of the world’s hazardous sites.

The bacteria Wall is studying are bio-corrosives and can change the solubility of heavy metals. They can take uranium and convert it to uraninite, a nearly insoluble substance that will sink to the bottom of a lake or stream.”

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