Great discovery? Or Release of Doom?

  1. The latest from the science front - discovery of 2,800 year old microbes frozen in ice. What did our scientists do? Thawed out the microbes and they came back to life! Yay!! Yay???

    Call me silly, call me paranoid, but, these microbes are bacteria that have been submerged and dormant for 2,800 years. What if this bacteria has disastrous effects on humans? To go further, what if the antidote to this possible disease causing bacteria is extinct??

    I don't always feel warm and fuzzy when scientists make these discoveries and bring things thousands of years old back to life. Maybe I would have felt a little more comfortable knowing that these revived microbes are under the most severe of quarantine known. But there is no mention of that in the article.

    Okay, maybe it's just me, but I say, screw Mars, make sure this stuff doesn't cause some horrific plague first!!!

    In ice that has sealed a salty Antarctic lake for more than 2,800 years, scientists have found frozen bacteria and algae that returned to life after thawing. The research may help in the search for life on Mars, which is thought to have subsurface lakes of ice.
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   PennyLane
    Yeah, I'm a bit paranoid about most things (nuclear war and living so close to D.C. and all), but all I can say about the above is 'Cool!'.
  4. by   oramar
    There is a potential for a problem here. What bothers me is I have no idea how big or small the danger is.
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Oh sure. It's "cool" until the bacteria lands in the scientist's doughnut and causes incurable exploding pus from his hair follicles. :chuckle
  6. by   Stargazer
    The X-Files did a whole episode on this.

    It was skeery.
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Now that gave me the heebie jeebies.
  8. by   researchrabbit
    You have to wonder, what were they THINKING??
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    The X-Files did a whole episode on this.

    It was skeery.
    I love a chick that can throw X-Files episodes around.
  10. by   Stargazer
    "And I can't wait anymore for him to discover me
    I got it bad for David Duchovny
    David Duchovny, why won't you love me?
    Why won't you love me?"
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Did you happen to see him, er, um, in action in the movie "Kalifornia"? If you can handle Brad Pitt as a deranged psychopathic killer you should see it.
  12. by   Stargazer
    I haven't yet, actually, mainly because I can't stand Juliette Lewis, but I can just fast-forward through all the boring talky parts, right?
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    Umm... yeah. You can always try.
  14. by   night owl
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    Oh sure. It's "cool" until the bacteria lands in the scientist's doughnut and causes incurable exploding pus from his hair follicles. :chuckle


    Now where did I put that HAZMAT suit????

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