February 4, 2013

Gold-Digging Bacteria Make Precious Particles

Ewen Callaway, Nature News


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Gold prospectors may one day use Petri dishes to help with their quests. A species of bacterium forms nanoscale gold nuggets to help it to grow in toxic solutions of the precious metal, reports a paper published online today in Nature Chemical Biology.

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