What we did

Platinum is the world’s rarest and most precious metal.

Our story, entitled Panning for platinum – the prospects are good, describes how bacteria have been found to play a part in forming nuggets of platinum, and how a ‘pregnancy test’ for platinum may now be feasible.

We read the journal article, interviewed Dr Frank Reith, wrote the story, sourced images, copyedited the story and sought approvals.

The story was published in CSIRO’s ECOS blog in April 2016.