Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice
Anybody else think that, even while taking genetic engineering into account, billions of e coli virii consuming and undoubtedly reproducing like mad in tiny dense populations might turn out to be less than awesome?
I mutate E.coli on a daily basis in my lab. I'm actually sitting in a laboratory typing this. I'm working with several mutant strains right now.
There is nothing to worry about. The lab strains of E.coli are literally harmless. You actually have 4 to 7 pounds of bacteria (mostly E.coli) living in your intestines at any giving moment.
I have accidentally splashed drops of concentrated E.coli into my mouth and eyes in more than one occasion. I didn't even feel ill or feel any irritation in my eye.
Also what is "virii"? E.coli is a bacterium, not a virus. There is a huge difference. A bacterium is a self sufficient living organism capable of feeding itself, growing, reproducing etc.
An average virus is literally not even 1% the size of an average bacterium and is a completely parasitic entity. A virus cannot do anything outside of an infected cell. A virus is nothing more than a RNA or DNA genome wrapped in a protein shell. It only has one goal, to infect a new cell and make more viruses. It can't even really be considered a life form. It toes the line between life and pure chemical reaction.