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19 February 2007



I thought this book was a pretty good read; he goes into some pseudo-scientific detail about how the organism is engineered (it's obviously not his strong suit, however).

The book also provides a very creative way to look at our dependence on oil.

As it happens, this past week, bacteria were discovered living happily in the La Brea tar pits; they have enzymes that break down asphalt and oil so they can use it for food.

See http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=1032.


Hi Bill - yes, I want to read it this summer, at least I hope to. Folks have been finding microorganisms associated with oil in a number of harsh environments (reservoirs themselves, for one) so I found the La Brea findings not all that surprising (thought definitely interesting). What we need to find is something that eats plastics at a kinetic pace that can actually amount to something - now that would be an interesting book!

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