26 Dec '12, 10pm

Gold-Producing Bacteria

Here's some poop we won't mind scooping: Scientists at Michigan State University have discovered a strain of bacteria that literally excretes gold . Cupriavidus metalliduran , according to microbiologist Kazem Kashefi and electronic artist Adam Brown, doesn't just survive on toxic concentrations of auric chloride, it thrives. By feeding a colony unprecedented quantities of the naturally occurring but deadly compound—a process they believe mirrors what happens in nature—the duo managed to coax the microbes into metabolizing the toxins into 24-karat gold.

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