Breathing with Chlorinated Solvents

  title={Breathing with Chlorinated Solvents},
  author={Perry L McCarty},
  pages={1521 - 1522}
[ Perry L. McCarty ][1] Chlorinated solvents, the carcinogenic agents that permeate the air in your dry cleaners, have accumulated in the groundwater because microorganisms in the soil do not break them down. Now [ MaymA³-Gatell et al .][2] have isolated the first bacterium that can metabolize trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene to the harmless compound ethene. Identification of the bacterium will potentially allow manipulation of the conditions underground to facilitate the natural… 

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