When science plays with imagination

Dec 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Health, Pollution

Researchers said a recent discovery that microbes in the mud beneath a California lake can use arsenic rather than phosphorus as one of the building blocks of its DNA could help cut pollution in waterways like Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, by replacing the phosphorus in fertilizers that run off into the lake and create fish-choking algae blooms.

Researchers said the arsenic link is “a phenomenal finding,” replacing one of the fundamental building blocks of life with another compound.

via The Day – When science plays with imagination | News from southeastern Connecticut.

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