Bacteria Eating Uranium

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Metallireducens bacteria (green)
Electron microscopy

being used to digest uranium waste. This bacteria is able to survive in radioactive environments and turn the uranium waste from a soluble form (that can contaminate water supplies) to a solid form.

Other species of Geobacter bacteria can eliminate petroleum contamination in polluted water and convert waste organic matter to electricity. Geobacter sp. are anaerobic bacteria (living without oxygen) that use metals to gain energy in the same way that humans use oxygen. Coloured scanning electron micrograph, Magnification: x3,600 and x4,800

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  • 4

    and they say there is no life but on our planet. it is too hostile everywhere else. lol

    • dumden
    • December 13, 2011, 10:25 am
  • 2

    Do they poop out Thorium?

  • 1

    Ewww lol, pretty cool though :P

    • SuDoku
    • October 10, 2009, 6:07 am
  • 1

    wow thats awesome. its amazing that there are some organisms that can eat that crap and not be harmed at all

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    • hightec
    • October 20, 2010, 11:17 am
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    Well i guess this is one way to get rid of all of the nuclear waste

    • BEASTY
    • December 13, 2011, 5:43 pm
  • 1

    Im sure this bacteria is not from earth hell not

  • 0

    shouldn't the title be " uranium eating bacteria"???

    nope, although the grammar could be improved...

    Bacteria that eats Uranium
    - SkinnyBill October 20, 2010, 9:26 am
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