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Thursday, January 27, 2005

A Future so Bright?


Avid sailor Craig Venter has trawled for microbes in the Sargasso Sea and discovered more than a million new genes and 1,800 new species. Among them are organisms that thrive on carbon dioxide. Venter hopes to re-engineer some of these unique microbes genetically, into "designed species" that may reduce environmental CO2 levels, as well as provide new foods and energy sources. "Biology can do much more sophisticated chemistry than the best chemists," says Venter.
Hey, I suspect biology can do much more sophisticated *biology* than the best biologists as well!

I'm not sure I want people tinkering with CO2 consuming microbes any more than I want us putting fossil carbon into the atmosphere in the first place.


Anonymous said...

That would be Craig "look at me, I'm first!" Venter, I suppose, out with the patent dragnet and the Post-It notes to stick on as much of nature as possible.

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