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Bacteria Engineered To Destroy Pollutants

Justin Gallivan and his team programmed a type of E. coli bacteria to seek out atrazine in a petri dish, and destroy it, but right now the bacteria is too weak to survive in the wild. (Photo courtesy of the National Institutes of Health)

Scientists have engineered bacteria to seek out and destroy a chemical that pollutes drinking water. Rebecca Williams has more:

A related article from Greenwire

More about Atrazine from the USDA (PDF)

Video: Teaching Bacteria To Do New Tricks

Producer: Rebecca Williams
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Running Time: :49

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