Last year’s BP oil spill devastated both people and animals. Fortunately, microbes living in the oil impacted waters were able to reduce both the amount of oil and the damage it did. However, this was not the first time the microbes have come to the rescue. Twenty years ago, the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska was contained, thanks to the tiny organisms.
Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with Lawrence Berkley National Library, believes microbes could play a major role in the event of another oil spill. Hazen is a lead scientist at the laboratory and conducted onsite research at both oil spill locations.
Read more at e! Science News.