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Microbe able to degrade difficult-to-remove PFAS discovered at Princeton University

The bacterium, Acidimicrobium bacterium A6 was recently reported as able to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in lab vials over 100 days of observation. These results from researchers at Princeton University are published in a Sept. 18 article in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Because of their health concerns and ubiquity, EPA has recently opened a research effort into the chemicals impact in drinking water. Peter Jaffe, the lead researcher and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton, said the researchers were very encouraged to see these bacteria substantially degrade this recalcitrant class of chemicals but cautioned that more work was needed before reaching a workable treatment. You can read more about this here or at the original publication in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

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