Vital Part of COVID-19 Tests Comes From Yellowstone’s Thermal Pools

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While we’re all stuck inside these days due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, just about every headline you see with mention of a national park is likely framed around new restrictions or closures. However, we recently came across a story that piqued our interest tremendously. A key component of COVID-10 tests is sourced from Yellowstone’s thermal pools, according to National Geographic.

Nat Geo tells the story of microbiologist Thomas Brock’s trip to Yellowstone National Park in the 1960s—a trip that “changed the course of biomedical history.” While there, he and a student were closely examining Mushroom Spring when they stumbled across “golden mats of stringy growth” that contained a microbe, which was producing astonishing heat-resistant enzymes.

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