Reductive Dechlorination of DDT to DDD by Yeast

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Science  13 Sep 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3585, pp. 1050-1051
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3585.1050


Labeled DDD [ 1,1-dichlor-o-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-ethane] was formed from C14-labeled DDT in the presence of yeast. The formation of DDD from DDE [1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis (p-chlorophenyl)-ethylene] was not observed, indicating that a reductive dechlorination of DDT occurs.