Czech scientists develop substance to remove toxins from nature

09-09-2009

Scientists from Masaryk University in Brno have genetically modified proteins to create a new substance capable of degrading toxic waste. The discovery was published in the American scientific journal Nature Chemical Biology. The new substance is grown from a soil bacterium that is entirely non-toxic, and is currently being further researched to determine potential use in medicines. The team is also testing the substance on the hazardous DDT pesticide, which was banned in 1972 but cannot be removed from the soil.