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In this handout image provided be the US Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010 near New Orleans, Louisiana. | US Coast Guard via Getty Images
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A Newly Discovered Bacteria Helped Break Down the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The new species, tentatively called Bermanella macondoprimitus, was the first to attack the oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP blowout, which killed 11 workers and was the worst spill in US history.