Expert on ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria: At least six different types of vibrios found at Deepwater Horizon site (VIDEO)


Scientists busy studying "oil spill" questions, WLOX, November 4, 2010:

Dr. Grimes is especially interested in a pathogen called "vibrios", the best known of which causes cholera.

But a lesser known vibrios,  found in gulf waters, can gobble up oil.

"We can definitely say that at least six of the vibrios that came from the Deepwater Horizon site possess the dioxigenes gene that's necessary to decompose a group of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogenic and toxigenic. So, these are the very bad chemicals in crude oil. And they're of great interest to us," said Dr. Grimes.

Darrell Jay Grimes, Ph.D, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Microbiology Group:

Research in the Marine Microbiology laboratory is primarily focused on the Vibrios. The genus Vibrio now includes over 70 species and is considered by most marine microbiologists to comprise the dominant culturable bacteria in the ocean. Much of the research has focused on V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus [i.e. flesh-eating bacteria] ...

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More reports of flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf — 12 y/o dies after only his feet touched the water (VIDEO)

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1 comment to Expert on ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria: At least six different types of vibrios found at Deepwater Horizon site (VIDEO)

  • burro

    Hey everybody,
    The so called "flesh eating bacteria" is not what the incorrect name suggest and because of this everyone should stop call it like this, if you want to be taken serious. Here in Switzerland the only reports about your tragedy isn't about the tragedy but about the rising profit of BP althought the crime they produced. Even in the alternative media the BP-Gulf-Crime is not present in the german speaking nations. I try to speak about but there is very less interes. People doesn't realise how your gouverment and the multinationals behave on the people. It's sad.

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