A General Electric Company has created in the laboratory a man-made organism designed to attack oil spills on waterways, digesting the petroleum and converting it into a form that can be eaten by marine life. Petroleum is a mixture of many different types of hydrocarbons, and any individual strain of oil-digesting bacteria can digest only a few of them. Attacking oil spills with mixed strains of bacteria also has proved unsatisfactory--because the competition between strains hampers their growth. This problem has been solved by combining the genes from four different strains of oil-digesting bacteria into a single "super-strain." In laboratory tests, it has grown at a much faster rate on crude oil than have any of the individual strains.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Intec Press Limited

    3 Station Parade
    Whyteleafe, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Accession Number: 00128917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Intec Press Limited
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM