View Full Version : 250,000,000 year old bacterium brought back to life


spartanmanor
06-18-2009, 01:48 PM
This is a fascinating story of how a bacterium trapped in salt in an animated state was brought back to life. It has been said that bacteria can survive the high velocity of a meteor impact. It makes you wonder if the stuff of life can be spread all throughout space.

http://amscicms.eresources.com/issues/pub/rock-of-ages

http://www.americanscientist.org/Libraries/images/200593012554_646.jpg

chillwolf
06-18-2009, 02:39 PM
Wow, that's pretty amazing! That something could still be alive for 250 million years.

toxcrusadr
06-18-2009, 02:44 PM
Holy crapoli. I liked the followup describing the later studies conducted to refute or confirm the various critiques. It will be quite interesting to see where this goes.

turbo_wagon
06-18-2009, 03:18 PM
What could possibly go wrong?

Celt
06-18-2009, 03:22 PM
What could possibly go wrong?

Let's bring back Velociraptors and the Plague!

alexkerhead
06-18-2009, 03:35 PM
Panspermia for da win!

whoaru99
06-18-2009, 03:44 PM
This is another one of those things that just because it can be done doesn't necessarily mean it should be done.

Ausjoe
06-18-2009, 05:22 PM
Once brought back the bacterium's first thoughts; "Thought I gonner that time for sure. Another beer barkeep!":beer:

spaceman
06-18-2009, 05:29 PM
What could possibly go wrong?

This is exactly how the X-Files movie started out. :yikes:

RichPA
06-18-2009, 05:39 PM
Let's bring back Velociraptors and the Plague!

Maybe not at the same time - sounds like two movies to me ...

Fisherdude
06-18-2009, 05:49 PM
What if that bacteria was some kind of dinosaur flu?!?!?!?:yikes:

RichPA
06-18-2009, 06:04 PM
What if that bacteria was some kind of dinosaur flu?!?!?!?:yikes:

Then the dinosaurs that are around now are gonna have a tough time.

bentpencil
06-18-2009, 06:09 PM
It makes you wonder if the stuff of life can be spread all throughout space.

I tried my damndest in high school and college. Well, maybe not SPACE, but......

spartanmanor
06-18-2009, 06:12 PM
billions and billions......

gonzo
06-18-2009, 06:21 PM
The plague never left.

Alaric
06-18-2009, 06:53 PM
Oh. From the thread title I thought my refrigerator somehow became a topic.....

I agree reanimating the little critter may not be the best idea. We're still trying to kill off half the bacteria we know about. Do we really need more?

Sam Cogley
06-18-2009, 07:05 PM
Maybe not at the same time - sounds like two movies to me ...

Plague-ridden dinosaurs?

AnalogDigit
06-18-2009, 07:10 PM
We got TB that is immune to antibiotics, why do we need to bring back 250 million year old bacteria?

qboneus
06-18-2009, 07:54 PM
The plague never left.
US? :yes:
eventually we'll find a way to kill ourselves off though.
maybe this is it!!!

tal

wilkes85
06-19-2009, 01:04 AM
This could trigger a huge deadly epidemic... it could be that this particular virus wiped out the dinosaurs.
Just a theory worth exploring

Ausjoe
06-19-2009, 07:36 AM
US? :yes:
eventually we'll find a way to kill ourselves off though.
maybe this is it!!!

tal

Still some rare cases in the four corners region:

http://www.labmeeting.com/paper/27582226/eisen-2007-human-plague-in-the-southwestern-united-states-1957-2004-spatial-models-of-elevated-risk-of-human-exposure-to-yersinia-pestis

Brian
06-19-2009, 10:13 AM
Oh my aching back. I can see myself be ressurrected in 250,000,000 years. Where can I store my stereo system and records until then? I could not live without the system.

thedelihaus
06-19-2009, 10:58 AM
Wow, that's pretty amazing! That something could still be alive for 250 million years.












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Arkay
06-19-2009, 11:23 AM
:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Thedelihaus, that cracked me up. Thanks for the laughs! :thmbsp:

spaceman
06-19-2009, 12:25 PM
Good one, deli. :D