waste not.

This article from ScienceDaily explores the high-profile issue of nuclear waste and its removal – this time it’s E.coli who’ll be cleaning up uranium from polluted water. The news understandably generated a flurry of “OMG mutant nuclear bacteria”-type comments in slashdot, god bless them. Anyway, as the article itself notes, the idea is over a decade old – the one thing that is new is that they’ve found a way to use a waste product as the substrate of the reaction, which makes it (potentially) a neat way of reusing waste products to clean up other waste products.

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