January 7, 2013
DNA sequencing and biotechnology are big business. It is the new deal between scientists and industry in the 21st century and it is a Pandora´s Box as well. Man (Homo insapiens) is playing god and this is a very dangerous game. It is not wise to fool Mother Nature.
On June 13th, 2007, British petroleum made a long-termed research and development deal and an undisclosed equity investment into a company named "Synthetics Genomics Incorporated" (SGI), along with the genetics expert Dr. J. Craig Venter as one of the co-founders, a company based in Rockville (Maryland, USA).
This company intends to commercialise genomic driven technologies and solutions and register patents of genetically engineered microorganisms derived from its research program. Genomics, a branch of genetics that studies the entire DNA sequence of an organism´s genome (complete set of DNA found within a single cell of an organism) has become the centre of attention of big corporations like BP, Monsanto, Syngenta, just to mention a few.
What BP does is to drill into underground petroleum reservoirs, then brings up microorganisms that inhabit the crude oil and next takes them to the laboratory where the bacteria and viruses are cultured to determine their taxonomic rank, followed by the study and analysis of the DNA sequences of each microbe.
The goal is to create transgenic microbes capable of improving the recovery rates of gas and oil out of the oil reservoir, which means more profits for the company. This process is called Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR).
These laboratory transgenic microbes are injected into the oil reservoirs and the well is capped. Once inside the microorganisms multiply and produce growth products which put pressure within the reservoir and at the same time modify the rheology of the oil so it flows easier when open again and aid extract any residual oil left after secondary recovery is exhausted.
The problem with this technology (MEOR) is that nobody knows what could happen if these GM microbes ever get released into the environment. Considering that these transgenic microorganisms are designed to eat petroleum, a carbon compound, there is the potential danger of undergoing mutations and possibly changing into new microorganisms which could endanger any carbon-based form of life on Earth.
Thus, the Pandora´s Box could be already open. And there are people who are already suspecting the worse. They say that these GM are already attacking some crops in some parts of the world, including the United States. Furthermore, some experts have even suggested that the recent Gulf disaster happened because the genetically enhanced micoorganisms caused too much pressure inside the capped oil well and eventually made it blow up giving rise to the largest accidental marine oil spill (Deep Horizon) in the history of the petroleum industry.
Could this be one of the reasons why some governments are carrying out massive programs of releasing heavy metals such cadmium, aluminium and other chemicals high up in the atmosphere in what has come to be known as "chemtrails" with the hope of keeping these GM microbes at bay, besides creating atmospheric resonance tunnels for radio waves?
Scientists are good at creating novel products and now redesigning the genetic makeup of some living organisms (trouts, salmon, tilapia, mice, pigs, etc.) just for "science advancement" or for the "benefit of humankind", as for instance coming up with new crop varieties (maize, beans, cassaba, rice, etc.) that could resist insect pests or cope with drought better.
The idea of GM crops and DNA technology as sold to the public by a bought press by telling us that these technologies are quite beneficial "to feed more people in the future, for human population will double up in the next 50 years" is doubtful. We already produce plenty of food (4 billions tonnes), enough to feed 14 million people, according to some experts, the problem being that food is not fairly distributed and that rich nations throw away into the garbage dumps up to 30-50% of their annual production (Video 1).
And when it comes to predicting the potential dangers of their inventions scientists are quite blind. We already have enough inventions to worry about as to have another one: MEOR microorganisms that might end up devouring all carbon-based living organisms on the planet.
It is high time we pay close attention to any science maniacs hidden in laboratories paid by corporations whose interest is only profits without any consideration for environmental impacts or how the health of animals, plants and humans is affected.
The public´s scientific ignorance in an age of information and disinformation saturation serves well as a spring board to bypass any society´s watch mechanisms and is one of the main reasons why we end up paying the price and carrying the load of the big corporation mistakes.
The taxpayers flip the bill in the end. We must keep on the look out and protest filling up the streets if necessary before and not after we have been screwed up.
It is our duty to hand in a healthy Earth to future generations and if we remain passive and scientific ingnorant that will not be possible.
We must keep in mind that if any technology does not truly benefit Mother Earth as a whole, that endangers the well-being and functioning of the Biosphere and therefore compromises its future, then it is not worth it. And if so, it should be totally stopped. The future is in our hands.
Let us take a look at what BP is up to in a sequence flow below and at the bottom there is a series of four videos "Gulf Blue Plague" (Videos 2-5) we hope you watch:
|Source: Futuro Verde|
|Source: Vector Clip Art|
|Source: Next Gen Seek|
|Source: Master Resource|
MICROBIAL ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (MEOR)
|Source: Gulf Energy|
Donaldson E. C., Chilingarian G. V. & Yen T. F. (Eds.) (1989). Microbial enhanced oil recovery. Developments in Petroleum Science 22. Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 227 P.