Comment: Bingo! you nailed it.

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Bingo! you nailed it.

Matter is neither created nor destroyed. Just like you can't create carbon, nitrogen or any other element on the periodic table-- you can't create gold! (with the exception of huge amounts of radiation using nuclear physics)

I bet the costs of gold chloride & bacteria lab setup will make this process more expensive than an ounce of gold.