Scientists have developed a bug which produces pure gold.
The team at Michigan State University says that they found the bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans is able to take so-called liquid gold (gold chloride, a toxic chemical found in nature) and turn it into 24-karat gold.
The process has been named microbial alchemy – and that’s exactly what it appears to be.
“Microbial alchemy is what we’re doing – transforming gold from something that has no value into a solid, precious metal that’s valuable,” said Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics.
Unfortunately for the world gold markets, it’s not possible to reproduce the experiment on a larger scale because it isn’t cost effective. As such while the researchers might be able to take toxins and turn them into gold, they’ll still come out behind overall.
The result of their research is actually an artwork, named “The Great Work of…
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