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ayo, some sci-dudes made a real life virus>

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by BROWNer, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    Environmentalists sound alarm over man-made virus

    By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

    14 November 2003

    Scientists from the United States have created a simple virus from scratch, assembling more than 5,000 DNA building blocks, which they say could eventually lead to genetically-modified organisms able to eat carbon dioxide and clean the environment.

    The idea provoked immediate opposition from environmental campaigners who branded it "very dangerous and a bit madcap" and warned that such organisms could run amok.

    Led by Dr Craig Venter, the scientist who became famous for his commercial drive in the unravelling of the human genome, the team at the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives stitched together the DNA of a bacteriophage - a virus which infects bacteria, not humans - using pieces of DNA available commercially. Spencer Abraham, the US Energy Secretary, suggested that it would lead to genetic manipulation of new organisms to solve pressing problems such as rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change.

    Roger Hickman, climate campaigner at the pressure group Friends of the Earth, said: "I can't see why what looks like a risky strategy, using GM bacteria, is being pursued over more sensible strategies like better energy efficiency."

    ayo..whatever happened to that whole hype about nanobots eating co2 man?!
  2. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 71
  3. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    that's hip hop nerd

    AYO......AYO AYO......

    YO....AYO..........YO AYO..AYO
  4. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2

    A-Yo Oh-A...

    In the states huh?

    And I thought the US was against bio/gene agents?
  5. oneeightyone

    oneeightyone Senior Member

    Joined: May 23, 2003 Messages: 1,289 Likes Received: 0
    I think scientist should just go ahead and do shit and not let the public in on it.

    There are already organisms that they dump on landfills that eat out shit, i mean they literally eat solids. Im not sure how the CÂș2 thing will work out but i think they should just go ahead and do it.

    I remember hearing about the nanobots thing but i didnt really have any interest so i never followed the story.

    The only thing that bothers me about this is that, yes, they could come up with something that can help the enviroment, but at what cost...the need to know oportunity costs and all before they actually start initiating these "projects" would be nice to know but i think t hey should just keep it under wraps so people dont freak out.

  6. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    well with an engineered organism such as this my question is where will the chain of evolution take this reature?...how fast will it multiply and is there a way we can control so that it does not over eat the carbon dioxide in the air....plus this global wamring thing is kinda neat halfway through november it was still warm here...it was drive around witht e windows down weather up until a few days ago....fuck it viva los glabal warming

    Zack Morris
  7. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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  8. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    i think browno is high... eh browner, are you a pothead? caus eif you are, i'll find your posts much more amusing
  9. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    Ok but havent sci-fi movies taught us anything...
    Maybe it aint such a good idea, we could get in trouble so deep not even Cap'n Pimp could help us...