Growth of Bacterium coli and Staphylococcus albus in Heavy Water

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IN the mid 1930's when heavy water became available, workers experimenting on its biological effects reported delayed growth, complete inhibition, and morphological changes in many types of organisms including bacteria1,2. Some reported normal growth3. Recently Walker and Syrett4 confirmed the inhibition of autotrophic growth of Chlorella by heavy water but found less inhibition in the presence of glucose.

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    Lewis, G. N., J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 55, 3503 (1933).

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    Chance, H. L., and Allen, W. C., J. Bact., 51, 547 (1946).

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    Weiser, H. H., Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol. Med., 36, 151 (1937).

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    Walker, J. R., and Syrett, P. J., Nature, 183, 1193 (1959).

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VAN HORN, E., WARE, G. Growth of Bacterium coli and Staphylococcus albus in Heavy Water. Nature 184, 833 (1959) doi:10.1038/184833a0

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