Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bacteria eating oil in the Gulf of Mexico

A new study says we caught a break in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, an unknown bacteria was surprisingly good at breaking down the oil by eating it.

Researchers believe the light, sweet, nature of this particular crude, plus the Gulf's hardy adaptation to "frequent episodic leaks from natural seeps" may have contributed to its improved microbial ability to break the oil down.

Not that everything is fine, but at least we have some help from Mother Nature in dealing with the oil mess.

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