Bacteria maybe the future of oil spill and radioactive waste cleanup

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Bacteria are often painted as our adversaries, but when it comes to oil spills, toxic chemicals, and radioactive waste, they could be what save us from ourselves.

The Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 released millions of tons of oil into the ocean.

As governments and the oil industry were trying to clean up the disaster, bacteria were already hard at work.

In this episode of Reactions, our host, Sam, creates an oil spill at home and puts bacteria to the test.

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.

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