"Eh, I knew about a lot of these, but Klebsiella Planticola was new to me, and chilling."
The early 1990s saw leaps in the technology of genetically modified foods and organisms. One such organism being tested by a European genetic engineering company was known by the super-boring name "Klebsiella Planticola." A soil bacteria intended to decompose plant litter, Planticola had been tested in a laboratory incubator and determined to be safe for wheat. The company made plans to mass-produce and distribute the supposedly miraculous microscopic organism.
There was just one problem: Klebsiella Planticola was not safe for wheat; it was deadly. Not only that, its byproduct aggressively feeds on the roots of every plant, meaning the genetic engineering company was about to salt the soil everywhere Planticola was distributed. This could mean massive devastation to sensitive ecosystems and farms, an effect which would undoubtedly ripple throughout the entire world. The only unaffected people would probably be those who never eat greens or meat, and their resulting smug attitudes would kill millions.
Fortunately, we were saved when a team of independent scientists headed by Dr. Elaine Ingham of Oregon State University decided to run their own tests. Where's her blockbuster?"
"Klebsiella planticola - The Gene-Altered Monster That Almost Got Away - The Deadly Genetically Engineered Bacteria that Almost Got Away: A Cautionary Tale
This article orginally appeared in the Green Party publication
Synthesis/Regeneration 18 (Winter 1999)"
"One such organism being tested by a European genetic engineering company was known by the super-boring name "Klebsiella Planticola."
George_Spiggott: "Biggest facepalm: "It [the solar flare] arrived on this planet in the middle of the night"
Go away, stupid writer."
"To me, this seems a relevant thought:
I don't know whether GMOs are safe for human consumption or for release into the natural environment, but neither does anyone else --- including the most knowledgeable and wise within the scientific community."
"One of life's great lessons as one gets older and hopefully more wiser is not to stick your nose into an area of expertise you know little or nothing about and make judgments on the conduct of individuals in such subject areas. The lesson is a tough one for journalists as --- or at least they should be ---- by nature, curiosity seekers in the context of what is news and what news should be laid before the public for its information and enlightenment. Often, however, they find themselves up the proverbial creek without a paddle."
"From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana. Public hearings were dominated by recitations of the ills often attributed to genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s: cancer in rats, a rise in childhood allergies, out-of-control superweeds, genetic contamination, overuse of pesticides, the disappearance of butterflies and bees. Like some others on the nine-member Council, Greggor Ilagan was not even sure at the outset of the debate exactly what genetically modified organisms were: living things whose DNA has been altered, often with the addition of a gene from a distant species, to produce a desired trait. But he could see why almost all of his colleagues had been persuaded of the virtue of turning the island into what the bill’s proponents called a “G.M.O.-free oasis.” “You just type ‘G.M.O.’ and everything you see is negative,” he told his staff. Opposing the ban also seemed likely to ruin anyone’s re-election prospects. Yet doubts nagged at the councilman, who was serving his first two-year term."
"It's pretty clear that this is a hyperbolic humor piece, not really "science journalism"."
" You really gotta wonder about the guys who put money on "will destroy all life on Earth.""
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