U.S. News and World Report: Study Finds Oil-Eating Bacteria Mitigated Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Terry Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, has been interviewed my multiple news outlets including CBS News, the BBC, the Ottawa Citizen, and U.S. News and World Report, about his research in the Gulf of Mexico. Hazen has found that the gulf may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed. Hazen conducted research following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which is estimated to have spilled 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. His research team used a powerful new approach for identifying microbes in the environment to discover previously unknown and naturally occurring bacteria that consume and break down crude oil.

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