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[io9]A 34,000 year old bacteria has come back from the dead and is breeding

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Thirty-four millennia ago, some bacteria got trapped inside salt crystals in what is now Death Valley. These crystals were recently dug up and the bacteria freed from their hibernation...and then they started reproducing.Salt crystals can grow incredibly quickly and are known to trap whatever tiny organisms don't get out of the way. For most microscopic critters, entrapment would mean a swift death inside the crystal. But this particular type of bacteria managed to shut down their entire bodies and wait out their imprisonment, subsisting off of little algae cells called Dunaliella. Researcher Brian Schubert, who made the discovery, explains what was going on inside the crystals:

http://io9.com/5736128/a-34000-year-...nd-is-breeding


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That is AWESOME. Suspended animation anyone?
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This is really interesting, one of my fav news articles here in a while, nice one
    
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Life, do you hear me? Give my creation LIFE!!!!

This is incredible and at the same time, a little scary. What's would happen if it were to multiply out of control and they could not innoculate it?
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Wow,
    
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Hahaha, good article.

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After 34,000 years in stasis, I suppose they've earned the right to be cranky, or whatever the bacterial equivalent of this is.
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Life, do you hear me? Give my creation LIFE!!!!

This is incredible and at the same time, a little scary. What's would happen if it were to multiply out of control and they could not innoculate it?
Innoculate "it?" Innoculate the bacterium?

You're confused here.

The "innoculations" you refer to is, at this point safe to assume, you are talking about "vaccines" that you get through innoculations. Vaccines are to protect you against virii. Pennicilin is a commonly used medicine to kill off bacteria.

And also not all bacteria are harmful. You do not want to kill off all the bacteria.
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You just know that we are going to off ourselves one of these days with something similar to this.
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Yay digging up ancient bacteria! What could possibly go wrong~
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Innoculate "it?" Innoculate the bacterium?

You're confused here.

The "innoculations" you refer to is, at this point safe to assume, you are talking about "vaccines" that you get through innoculations. Vaccines are to protect you against virii. Pennicilin is a commonly used medicine to kill off bacteria.

And also not all bacteria are harmful. You do not want to kill off all the bacteria.
Ahh yes, encyclopaedias strike again.

Indeed, that is what I meant. Indeed, not all bacteria are harmful...only time will tell what this itsy-bitsy little morsel of suspended animation has in store for the supposedly 'more advanced organisms'
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