Molecular Medicine Israel

The bacterial alchemist

Gold biomineralization by a metallophore from a gold-associated microbe

A species of bacterium forms tiny nuggets of gold to combat the toxic effects of the dissolved form of the element.

The bacterium Delftia acidovorans lives in extensive communities — known as biofilms — that coat gold nuggets. A team led by Nathan Magarvey at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, exposed the microbe…


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