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Trends Microbiol. 2005 Feb;13(2):45-9.

Arsenic, microbes and contaminated aquifers.

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U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. roremlan@usgs.giv

Abstract

The health of tens of millions of people world-wide is at risk from drinking arsenic-contaminated well water. In most cases this arsenic occurs naturally within the sub-surface aquifers, rather than being derived from identifiable point sources of pollution. The mobilization of arsenic into the aqueous phase is the first crucial step in a process that eventually leads to human arsenicosis. Increasing evidence suggests that this is a microbiological phenomenon.

PMID:
15680760
DOI:
10.1016/j.tim.2004.12.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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