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A bacteria that poops gold? Yep, that exists, and it’s in an art exhibit. (video)

A bacteria that poops gold? Yep, that exists, and it’s in an art exhibit. (video)

By Emi Kolawole
Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012
The Washington Post

It won’t retrieve the global economy from the ditch, but there is a bacteria that consumes a toxic metal to produce pure gold.

Our colleagues over at Slate have produced a video explaining how the super-strong bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans goes about its precious dirty business

It won’t retrieve the global economy from the ditch, but there is a bacteria that consumes a toxic metal to produce pure gold.

Our colleagues over at Slate have produced a video explaining how the super-strong bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans goes about its precious dirty business:

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/a-bacte...



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hmm...

Spider Goat.
Bacteria Goat.

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Teach a man to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life.
Teach a man to phish and he'll clean out your bank account.
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Um... no bacteria produces gold out of nongold. That's called

alchemy and it doesn't work now or at anytime in the past.

You have to HAVE gold chloride to get gold from this bacteria and gold chloride is produced from (surprise) disolving gold in choride. This bacterium merely cleans off the chloride part. This process can also be done with the chemical potassium bromide.

3 AuCl + 4 KBr → KAuBr4 + 2 Au + 3 KCl

It just happens to be neat that a bacterium can do it too. Thats why gold pooping bacterium is in an art exhibit. Because bacterium pooping gold is ART (I guess....).

Bacterian Economics?

I know what I'm getting a certain Ron Paul for Christmas.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Voltaire