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Bacteria binged on BP oil but didn't grow

One suspicion: The spilled crude didn’t provide a balanced diet

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4:07pm, August 5, 2011

When the Deepwater Horizon accident spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year, surface bacteria launched into a feeding frenzy, a new study finds. But microbes that gobbled up the surface oil did so without increasing their numbers or gaining weight.

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