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Gaia At Work Under The Hudson

"Oxygen-starved bacteria working in sediment beneath the Hudson River are transforming toxic PCB compounds into less dangerous forms, raising hopes of a significant easing of a major PCB cleanup problem nationwide," researchers said yesterday.

"The resulting types of PCBs do not accumulate in living tissue, a government scientist said."

Researchers at the University of Michigan stated that it appeared that these bacteria had evolved specifically to attack PCBs.

(Anonymous; "Hudson Bacteria Transform PCBs into Safer Forms," Baltimore Sun, November 4, 1988.)

Comment. Thus does Gaia act so as to protect humanity from its own mistakes!

From Science Frontiers #61, JAN-FEB 1989. � 1989-2000 William R. Corliss