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Take it with a grain of (sea) salt: Gulf microbe study funded by BP

Earlier this week, major news outlets ran with headlines about how a new microbe has been found eating up BP’s oil, and how microbes have degraded the hydrocarbons so efficiently that the vast plumes of oil in the Gulf are now undetectable. No joke.
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Aug 30, 2010, 6:15 am
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This story proves that it is important to read widely. I listened to NPR reporting on the oil-eating microbes, and wondered whether there was more research. It certainly sounded like great news, good old mother nature to the rescue, but I was skeptical. Thanks for the input.

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