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Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 919g
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5595.919g

An anaerobic bacterium that reductively dechlorinates trichloroethane, a problematic groundwater contaminant, has been discovered by Sun et al. (p. 1023; see the Perspective by Gossett). These organisms are phylogenetically different but related to other dechlorinating anaerobes. A bioaugmentation study described in this work shows that these organisms could be used in the cleanup of trichloroethane-contaminated groundwater sediments.

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