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Could tiny microorganism help clean up the gulf oil spill?

(NBC) - Despite efforts to cap the leaking oil well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, tens of thousands of gallons are still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

A tiny microorganism could play a big role in the clean up efforts. Osprey Biotechnics produces bacteria that can break down the oil into water and carbon dioxide.

Company officials say they can produce enough bacteria to cover large portions of the oil slick fairly quickly, but they're still unsure how long it will take for their product to break down such a large amount of oil once it's applied.

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