The wreckage of the RMS Titanic may soon disappear forever, thanks to a newly discovered species of bacteria with a taste for iron oxide.
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The wreckage of the RMS Titanic may soon be lost, thanks to a newly discovered rust-eating bacteria.
Using DNA technology, Dalhousie scientists Henrietta Mann and Bhavleen Kaur and researchers from the University of Sevilla in Spain were able to identify a new bacterial species collected from rusticles (a formation of rust similar to an icicle or stalactite) from theTitanic wreck. The iron-oxide-munching bacterium has fittingly been named Halomonas titanicae.