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A gold investment made by bacteria? Science shows the way

Those who love a gold investment are just as shocked as the art world by the latest news regarding a seemingly magical strain of bacteria which can consume highly toxic gold chloride and excrete 24 karat gold nuggets. Investors wishing they knew where to buy the gold eating bacteria like this for themselves need to take heed, however, according to a recent article in the Washington Post because it is not something the average person wants to handle in any way. Gold dealers are not likely to start producing their own pure gold nuggets with the help of the bacteria, called Cupriavidus metallidurans, because it is not only as rare as the gold it produces, it also needs to feed on gold chloride, sometimes called liquid gold, which is extremely poisonous to life forms. Still, the story is an exciting one which has captured the imaginations of the general public, art fans and precious metals investors alike.

While it would be novel to have a gold investment produced via the Cupriavidus metallidurans bacteria, it took some highly educated scientists in a well-equipped lab to get the job done right. Plenty of art fans would love to know how to buy gold chloride eating, pure gold producing bacteria for themselves, the work in question is an installation piece and unlikely to be available for collectors to buy.

Adam Brown, the electronic art and intermedia Associate Professor at Michigan State University who was largely responsible for the project told the press, "This is neo-alchemy. Every part, every detail of the project is a cross between modern microbiology and alchemy. Science tries to explain the phenomenological world. As an artist, I’m trying to create a phenomenon. Art has the ability to push scientific inquiry."

While gold coins are another area where those with a passion for precious metals and those passionate about fine art often come together, this is an entirely new type of art. Gold's long history as decorative belongs to a different strain of fine art than this latest piece, far more contemporary in nature.

For those investing in fine art or precious metals, this is definitely an exhibit they might pine for. In the meantime, gold coins, bullion and bars from around the world continue to offer their own high value beauty worth considering.

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