Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated dioxins by an anaerobic bacterium

@article{Bunge2003ReductiveDO,
  title={Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated dioxins by an anaerobic bacterium},
  author={Michael Bunge and Lorenz Adrian and Angelika Kraus and Matthias Opel and Wilhelm Georg Lorenz and Jan Remmer Andreesen and Helmut G{\"o}risch and Ute Lechner},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={421},
  pages={357-360}
}
Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDDs and PCDFs) are among the most notorious environmental pollutants. Some congeners, particularly those with lateral chlorine substitutions at positions 2, 3, 7 and 8, are extremely toxic and carcinogenic to humans. One particularly promising mechanism for the detoxification of PCDDs and PCDFs is microbial reductive dechlorination. So far only a limited number of phylogenetically diverse anaerobic bacteria have been found that couple the… CONTINUE READING
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