Scientists at Michigan State University researchers have discovered a bacterium that can be transformed into pure 24K gold, due to its ability to withstand incredible amounts of toxicity in a process known as microbial alchemy, which helps them turn a substance of no value into a solid, precious metal. Continue reading for a video and more information.

According to the research team, by Kazem Kashefi: “The bacteria is at least 25 times stronger than previously reported. They also combined their research with an art installation called ‘The Great Work of the Metal Lover’, which uses a combination of biotechnology, art and alchemy to turn liquid gold into 24-karat gold. The sculpture contains a portable laboratory, a glass bioreactor and the bacteria, which produce gold in front of an audience.”


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