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+ - Super Bacteria Creates Gold->

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SchrodingerZ writes "With the price of gold skyrocketing in today's market, Michigan State University researchers have discovered a bacterium that can withstand high toxicity levels that are necessary to create natural gold. ''Microbial alchemy is what we're doing — transforming gold from something that has no value into a solid, precious metal that's valuable,' said Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics.' The bacteria is Cupriavidus metallidurans ; which is conditioned to be tolerant to heavy, toxic metals and be 25 times strong than most bacteria. When put into Gold-chloride (a natural forming toxic liquid), the bacteria reproduces and converts the liquid into a gold nugget. The complete process takes about a week to preform. This experiment is currently on tour as an art exhibit called 'The Great Work of the Metal Lover .'"
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