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Nuclear waste? These microbes might help with the cleanup

Recoloured SEM of Gloeomargarita lithophora with amorphous carbonate mineral phase inclusions.

A Gloeomargarita lithophora bacterium containing carbonate granules (white spheres). The microbe’s ability to form such granules internally might explain how it draws radioactive isotopes from its surroundings. Credit: Karim Benzerara and Stefan Borensztajn/CNRS

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Nature 574, 457 (2019)




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