Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis
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Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis

(CNN)Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill. Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published…

Scientists find bacteria species related to chlamydia below Arctic Ocean
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Scientists find bacteria species related to chlamydia below Arctic Ocean

March 7, 2020 | 7:49pm | Updated March 7, 2020 | 8:43pm Enlarge Image 3D illustration of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria, the bacteria that causes the sexually transmitted infection. Shutterstock Researchers have made a surprising find under the Arctic Ocean’s seafloor — a bacteria species that is the biological cousin of chlamydia, the most common bacterial…

Man-made bacteria EATS carbon dioxide and turns it into eco-friendly biofuels
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Man-made bacteria EATS carbon dioxide and turns it into eco-friendly biofuels

Man-made bacteria that EATS carbon dioxide and turns it into eco-friendly biofuels could help tackle climate change, scientists claimEscherichia coli bacteria have been engineered by scientists to consume CO2Scientists removed some genes added one for an enzyme that converts CO2The bacteria feed off carbon dioxide instead of sugar to produce biofuelsBy Milly Vincent For Mailonline Published:…

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Bacteria from the ocean floor could be influencing Arctic weather

There’s more to clouds than you might think. Phytoplankton bloom in the Chukchi Sea in 2018. (Norman Kuring/NASA’s Ocean Color Web, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey) Scientists have identified a surprising new mechanism that could be affecting cloud formation and weather patterns in the Arctic: bacteria from the ocean floor. When tiny,…

Understanding gut bacteria—forces for good (and sometimes evil)
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Understanding gut bacteria—forces for good (and sometimes evil)

Crystal structure of putative beta-galactosidase from Bacteroides fragilis. Credit: National Institutes of Health Back in 2015, an interdisciplinary group of research scientists made their case during a business pitch competition: They want to create a subscription-based service, much like 23andMe, through which people could send in samples for detailed analyses. The researchers would crunch that…