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Gowanus Muck May One Day Save Your Life

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From New York's look at the Gowanus Canal and all of its disgusting secrets: "A team of biology professors at New York City College of Technology have also studied a curious white goo oozing along the bottom, which turned out to be a mix of bacteria, protozoans, and various contaminants. The microbes appear to have evolved resistance to the filth, and the scientists have been trying to figure out whether their disease-fighting mechanisms could be adapted for medical use." [NYM]