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Study finds bacteria in marine sponge produce toxic flame-retardant-like compounds
May 11, 2017
A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego-led research team discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants.
University of California, San Diego
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