Gold producing bacteria?

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  1. Glock19Fan

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    I have read several articles recently about bacteria that "produce" gold. My understanding of elements may be wrong, but I always thought this was impossible (alchemy).

    I may be reading the articles wrong, but does the bacteria just condense the smaller surrounding particles into more collectable amounts? So that it doesnt actually "make" it but rather easier for minute amounts to be collected? Or does someone have an easier explaination?
     
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    Did you mean to include a link?
     

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    They are small gold pooping refiners.
     
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    I heard something about gold-producing bacteria, but you asked if you were correctly interpreting something specific about the articles you read... so I assumed you wanted to include a link. :wavey:

    Even if it doesn't make gold, just collecting it isn't too bad for bacteria. :supergrin:
     
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    Good point I just wasnt thinking :wavey:
     
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    Can an element be created? I thought they could only be produced from something that already contained it. HH
     
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    Thats what I dont get. Along with gold being a inert metal (I think thats the term).
     
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    Did you read the article?

    The bacteria dont produce anything. They can take/absorb gold in a solution and it will build up inside the bacteria.
     
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    Thats what I said in my previous post. I was just wanting to confirm it, becuase I think some of the articles I read were misleading.
     
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    Yes. It's usually accompanied by alot of heat and radiation though.
     
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    Every element in the Universe was created. Hydrogen and traces of lithium, beryllium and helium were created in the big bang. Then the heat and pressure of stars create elements as heavy as iron. Heavier elements than iron require the conditions of a Supernova. Nuclear power plants and accelerators create heavier "man made" elements.
     
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    The question still remains. Can an element be created from nothing? HH
     
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    Bacteria are hard little workers. They synthesize all kinds of drugs for our use. Also the bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and account for 1 to 2 percent of our body mass. Without the little critters we would be in deep s***. Good to see them branching out into gold mining.
     
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    Everything was created from nothing. Before the Big Bang there was no Universe, at least not our Universe. Hydrogen atoms started forming 377,000 years after the big bang.
     
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    Alchemy - been a long term goal... But I would say yes, an element can be created. We (humans) may not be able to create gold, but obviously, it and all other elements can be created at the cosmic level.

    So, I guess it's yes and no...
     
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    Can you define "nothng?" It seems like every time we look at nothing, something pops up.
     
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    Elements 99-118 on the periodic table.
     
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