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Submission + - Can oil-eating bacteria help clean up Gulf spill? (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: At this point it's unclear how much of an environmental threat oil spreading from the BP spill will cause, but the federal government is mobilizing thousands of workers to prepare for the worst. They have a potential ally: microbes that have evolved an ability to break down oil that seeps from the ocean bottom. It gets devoured by a variety of bacteria, which eat it by chemically transforming its compounds into useful cellular constituents.
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Can oil-eating bacteria help clean up Gulf spill?

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