The present invention provides a method comprising the use of microorganisms for nanotoxicity study and bioremediation. In some embodiment, the microorganisms are bacterial organisms such as Gram negative bacteria, which are used as model organisms to study the nanotoxicity of the fullerene compounds: E. coli W3110, a human related enterobacterium and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, an environmentally important bacterium with versatile metabolism.
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This invention was made during work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, and Genomics:GTL Program through contract DE-AC02-05CH11231 between the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. This work was also supported by NIH grant R21CA95393-01 (F.F.C.), by DOD grant BC045345 (F.F.C.), and by DARPA grant F1ATA05252M001 (F.F.C.). The government has certain rights in this invention.