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The bacterium that lays tiny nuggets of gold

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 3, 2013 16:13 EST

Among the more peculiar organisms that inhabit our Earth exists a bacterium that turns water-soluble gold into microscopic nuggets of solid gold, scientists said Sunday.

Chemists have often pondered why the germ Delftia acidovorans is frequently found on the surface of tiny gold nuggets.

Its presence led scientists to speculate it may be creating the particles from soluble gold — ions of gold that are dissolved in water.

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Tax bacterium at 80%.

I can do that

Bartender, give me another Goldschlager.

Rumpelstiltskin turns out to

Rumpelstiltskin turns out to be a true story?

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

turns water-soluble gold into

turns water-soluble gold into microscopic nuggets of solid gold

The really big question is whether the organisms create new gold. Seems to me, simply based on what was posted above, that these organisms simply convert gold from one form to another. Creating new gold out of a raw material which is not gold or gold bases, would be really big news.



Just where might I find these bacterium. I would like to start a colony.

Save the Delftia acidovorans!

To arms! To arms! The Redcoats are coming!

so now we splice some Delftia acidovorans

On to a sheep and let it drink from the gold mine stream and it will grow golden fleece.



never woulda thought of that and a Sunday night...

A-biotic Gold?

Hahhhaahahahahahaaaa..... NOT!

Just trying to be funny.