May 15, 2009
Scientists isolate cholesterol-eating bug
A bacteria found in sewage sludge could lead to products that reduce cholesterol contamination in urban areas, researchers in Spain said.
Gordonia bacteria, in general, already have proven useful in degrading pollutants such as phthalates used in plastics and rubber.
Some Gordonia bacteria are harmful to humans, so it is unlikely the bacteria could be developed to treat high cholesterol in people, said Drzyzga.
Drzyzga's findings are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.