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Symbiotic Bacteria Act as Detox Organ in Sponges

Researchers used X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source to study how populations of symbiotic bacteria can act as a detoxifying organ in an ancient form of life with no organs of its own. The bacteria, members of the species Entotheonella, accumulate and mineralize large quantities of arsenic and barium in a common type of filter-feeding sponge. More>

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