July 17, 2020

Bacteria that eat metal discovered

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The Gist

Scientists have discovered bacteria that are able to eat metal on accident.

The List

  • The bacteria was discovered after an environmental biology professor has left a jar with manganese open to soak in tap water for several months.
  • The bacteria were using manganese as a source of fuel and produced oxidized manganese.
  • Such bacteria have been speculated to exist for the past 100 years.

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