Fracking bacteria

Frackibacter are a new type of bacteria found to thrive in the depths of shales that have been fracked for their fossil fuels. Kelly Wrighton, assistant professor of microbiology and biophysics at Ohio State University, and colleagues have identified a new microbial genus of 31 members found living inside two separate fracturing wells separated by hundreds of miles. Most of the microbes found in samples from such wells have been seen elsewhere, but the "frackibacter" are new to science. Given their ecosystem they might provide new insights into biotransformations for chemical synthesis and processing.