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Trends Biotechnol. 1999 May;17(5):200-4.

Bacteria designed for bioremediation.

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Division of Microbiology, GBF - National Research Centre for Biotechnology, Braunschweig, Germany.


Although many environmental pollutants are efficiently degraded by microorganisms, others persist and constitute a severe health hazard. In some instances, persistence is a consequence of the inadequate catabolic potential of the available microorganisms. Gene technology, combined with a solid knowledge of catabolic pathways and microbial physiology, enables the experimental evolution of new or improved catabolic activities for such pollutants.

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