Genetically modified bacteria cleans up mercury

Genetically modified bacteria might provide a new way to clean up waterways contaminated with mercury.

The bacteria contains genes that can withstand very high concentrations of mercury. Normally biological clean-up methods would fail with mercury because there is no naturally occurring bacteria that accumulates it.

Unlike other transgenic bacteria, the new genetically modified bacteria does not release mercury into the environment.

Read more at Plant Biotechnology Journal