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Comments on Bacteria Attacks Oil Like Black Monday Novel
New finding increases realism in a new sf/thriller novel by R. Scott Weiss. (Read the complete story)

"Bacteria that eat oil can do more than make fuel. Strip out the genes that enable them to digest oil, add them to bacteria that produce protiens and you have the food making oil eating bacteria from Cities in Flight."
(Bob 5/11/2007 8:14:12 PM)
"The question is: Can this bacteria be used to disband any type of petroleum molecule? If so, this is probably the biggest scientific breakthrough since the invention of petrochemistry."
(Sabre Runner 5/12/2007 7:04:49 AM)
"That's a good question; here's a blog post from a research scientist in microbiology - Tales from the Microbiology Laboratory - who asks the same question about all of the different fractions in petroleum. BTW, I didn't know that the patentability of organisms actually relates to this story. The first microorganism to be patented was intended to be used for oil bioremediation."
(Bill Christensen 5/12/2007 7:37:01 PM)
"Bob- I forgot about those; I have at least ten ideas/inventions from Cities in Flight on the site (as well as others for James Blish. I'll have to find a quote for that..."
(Bill Christensen 5/12/2007 7:45:51 PM)

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