Bacteria living in marine sponge produce toxic compounds found in man-made products

Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists study marine sponges in the waters off Guam. Researchers have discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, a finding that could help scientists better understand the human health implications of these common additives.
The new findings, by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego, moved the research team a step closer to unraveling the ... More at
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