The methylation of mercuric chloride by human intestinal bacteria
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Most strains of staphylococci, streptococci, yeasts andE. coli isolated from human faeces, could synthesize methylmercury compounds. In contrast, few strains of obligate anaerobes could do so. Up to 6 ng methylmercury/ml were formed in 44 h from 2 μg mercuric chloride.
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