# Removing a proton from mercury

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bluecap
Why are there no gold companies that produce gold by removing a proton from mercury? Is it because mercury is expensive or lack of facilities to remove the proton.

Given a lot of budget (like billions).. what would it take to remove a proton from mercury to produce gold?

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Given a lot of budget (like billions).. what would it take to remove a proton from mercury to produce gold?
Last estimate I heard about making gold my molecular manipulation was as I recall, that it would take about $1000 to make$1 worth of gold.

bluecap
Even if it's not practical.. please tell me the process how to remove a proton from a mercury to produce gold..

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Even if it's not practical.. please tell me the process how to remove a proton from a mercury to produce gold..
I have no idea. I'm an engineer. Something this utterly impractical is of no interest to me. I'm sure one of our experts can help you though. I don't know that the process involves mercury but it might.

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