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November 26, 2007

Newly discovered bacteria eat methane

We've known about things that eat methane for a while now, but these newly discovered ones are apparently more high-temp and acidic environments tolerant that the previously known species.

...Climate researchers are expected to follow the discovery closely as the bacterium offers the potential to reduce the amount of methane entering the atmosphere. Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide...
Suppose they could be genetically manipulated to eat methane and crap ethanol? It would break the government's iron grip on the booze supply -- introduce some of these babies into your digestive tract and downing a few burritos could get you snockered as well as downing a 5th of Chivas, be significantly cheaper, add more fiber to your diet, and beat the tax man all in one triple play.


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