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Discovery of an arsenic-eating bacterium has the science world buzzing

By on December 2nd, 2010

The journal “Science” is reporting the discovery of a new strain of bacteria that feeds off of the natural element arsenic. This has scientists excited because prior to this bacteria, there was no other known way to get rid of arsenic, which can be a health hazard if it ends up in drinking water or wood products. Trent Kelly talked with the Director of the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazordous Waste Research at the University of Florida, John Schert about the significance of this discovery to Florida.

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