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The Ethane-Eating Bacteria

Ethane is the second most abundant component of natural gas, right after methane, and it is found deep underground and in marine gas deposits around the world. Research studies have shown that these two components—along with propane and butane—are being oxidized into carbon dioxide. Bacteria that convert methane, propane, and butane are already known, but it was unclear how ethane is degraded in the absence of oxygen, until now.

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