Bacterium could help clean up groundwater and generate electricity.

Gene map reveals uranium-gobbling microbe’s secrets.

A bacterium that can remove uranium contamination from groundwater may also be able to generate electricity, researchers say.

Scientists who deciphered the gene map of Geobacter sulfurreducens say it has more than 100 genes that should enable it to make chemical changes in metals that would generate electricity.

WRITING IN FRIDAY’S issue of the journal Science, they said the bacterium might be useful in generating electricity deep underwater, for instance, and might be far more useful than previously thought in cleaning up the environment.

The genome of this tiny…

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