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Bacteria Found to Produce Compounds Toxic to Humans

A Scripps Oceanography-led research team discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants.

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Scripps
  • bacteria
  • enzymes
  • genes
  • UC San Diego
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • natural products
  • microbiomes
  • industrial chemicals
  • flame retardants
  • sponges
  • toxicity
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