Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cleaning Uranium Waste With Bacteria?

Our friends at greenr have uncovered an interesting research paper:

A bacteria has been found that can convert soluble radioactive uranium into a non-toxic solid form called uraninite. It's novel conversion process has been known about for 10 years, but researchers are finally beginning to understand exactly how it is done.
Click here for the paper, and here for a summary.

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1 comment:

Kirk Sorensen said...

Uranium isotopes (both U-235 and U-238) have such enormously long half-lives that their collective radioactivity is of little concern. Fission products and transuranics are far, far riskier.