18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

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    18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

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    18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria
    Written by Hank Green
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    Craig Venter has his own scientific institute. He led the private effort to sequence the human genome and was one of Time Magazine's 2007 most important people. And he's been building new life. He builds chromosomes from scratch, inserts the new chromosomes in bacteria, and then "boots up" the organisms.

    The DNA he produces in his laboratory are the largest molecules ever created by people and he can individually determine what DNA to include and which to exclude. He can put in junk DNA that, when decoded, simply spells his own name, or is a poem. But, most importantly, he's working to build in code that can force the little bugs into becoming solar-powered crude oil factories.

    The new organisms, which Venter says should be multiplying in the lab in the next 18 months, would need high concentrations of CO2 (say, from the smokestack of a coal plant) to convert it to oil at maximum efficiencies. He can alter the octane of the fuel by altering the genes of the organism and, by selecting the best of thousands of molecules, he can "unnaturally select" the most efficient oil producers.

    They're calling it 4th generation biofuel, and you can expect that it will be only the first application of this fascinating and somewhat alarming new technology. You can hear Venter himself explain the possibilities of this new technology with Chris Anderson at the recent TED conference in the video above.


    An interesting alternative to the algae.

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Amazing if it works.

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    There are so many people out there with so many new ideas, someone is bound to hit a home run. Hopefully soon.
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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    I watched the whole vid. Super Cool.

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Quote Originally Posted by rwalth View Post
    There are so many people out there with so many new ideas, someone is bound to hit a home run. Hopefully soon.
    There have been many homeruns hit already...this is a grandslam! Only if it can be effectively implemented...

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    It's possible but it depends how efficient the process is. And it hasn't been done YET. 18 months? It's not like genetic modification is like when you have a Mecano set all disassembled and you just need to put the parts together. It could well be tomorrow, 25 years from now or never.



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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Craig Venter sequenced the Human Genome. He did it in record time almost beating the official Government team. If he says it can be done it will be done in 18 months.

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Wow! Imagine the possibilities. 100 years from now, we could be growing our own gasoline for free at home, by feeding our oil pooping bacteria pollution or CO2. Then everybody could afford to drive a V8, or V10, or V12...
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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    That's the beauty of bio-fuels there are so many sorces for them as opposed to oil.
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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    I would read HoosierRon's threads if they had intriguing titles like this one.

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Quote Originally Posted by ronald mcretard View Post
    I would read HoosierRon's threads if they had intriguing titles like this one.
    Hey, what about this one?

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    So where is our Government in this plan..............Boom Boom Cheney is in the Middle East cutting a deal ...............Congress gets free gas.............
    Gas hit $3.29/gallon in Pittsburgh, PA area today.............where will it end and who cares!

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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Oil ****ting bacteria?? Hmmm interesting, very interesting.
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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    Wait until Big Bacteria get ahold of this...


    If he is successful, Venter better watch out for his life (Meaning has any money been traded between Exxon and the Mafia?).
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    Re: 18 Months Until Custom-Made, Oil-Pooping Bacteria

    With so many of these new techniques coming around for fuel production, it's a rather exciting time. I'm starting to believe there is a real potential here for us to move away from foreign fuel sources within a couple of decades, rather than a half century.

    Whoever gets their production method up and running at full-scale first is going to make a lot of money...

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