Sea Monkeys reduce Toxic Metals from your Water

Sea monkeys captivated many of us as children. We would pour them into their artificially constructed habitats and watch them float about, tiny specks that didn’t really do much of anything except hold our interest for a few minutes.
How little we knew.
It turns out sea monkeys—also known as brine shrimp or Artemia salina—could reduce heavy metals in water, according to an article from the Daily Forty-Niner, the student paper of California State University, Long Beach. Roger Acey, a chemistry professor at the school, noticed some brine shrimp living in a water solution with a high level of toxic metal. He and his team later learned that the shrimp contain a protein that binds to toxic metals in the water—such as arsenic, lead or mercury—all while allowing healthy metals and minerals to pass through.
Acey produces the protein by placing a cloned gene from the shrimp into bacteria. He and his team received patents for the gene and protein sequences, as well as for using the technology to remove metals from water.
Acey plans to use this technology in the design and production of a water faucet filter and hopes to develop a prototype device in the future.
Until then, however, you might just want to consider our line of faucet filters. They might not help you recapture your childhood love of sea monkeys, but they will be just as effective at removing toxic metals and other contaminants from your water, as well as the taste and odor of chlorine.

2 thoughts on “Sea Monkeys reduce Toxic Metals from your Water

  1. Hey Mary,
    Unfortunately this filter is just in the prototype stages. I’ve been unable to find much more information about it, so I’m not sure if these filters can be recycled or not.
    I’ll be sure to update if I hear anything else about this strange, new technology.

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