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popsci.com: Genetically Modified Algae Are Magnetic for Easier Separation

By Clay Dillow Posted 10.19.2011 at 1:01 pm
http://www.popsci.com

"Proving that there’s always a different way to approach a problem, researchers at Los Alamos National Lab have devised a pretty clever method of algae harvesting that could take a major chunk out of the cost of algae-based biofuel production. And all they had to do was create a magnetic organism.

..."The team created their GM magnetic algae by lifting a gene from magnetotactic bacteria--those are bacteria that use the Earth’s magnetic field to get around--and dropping it into the algae. When expressed, the gene causes the production of magnetic nanoparticles in the algae just as it does in the bacteria. Those in turn can be used to manipulate the algae."...

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-10/scientists-cre...


Magnetic Algae: The wild algae on the left settles to the bottom of the test tube. The magnetic algae on the right sticks to the wall thanks to the magnet. Los Alamos National Laboratory via PhysOrg

An algae for food and fuel pond in Israel:

http://www.greenprophet.com/2011/09/seabiotic-biofuel-algae/

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This is the place for GM technology

It should never be in the food supply!

We Americans are insane for letting the chemical companies take over the food supply!

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

see also this... and this...

Bill Gates backs world's largest algae farm
http://www.dailypaul.com/298380/bill-gates-backs-worlds-larg...

Biodiesel From Algae
http://www.dailypaul.com/280856/biodiesel-from-algae

16-Year Old Girl Turns Algae Into Biodiesel
http://www.dailypaul.com/290569/16-year-old-turns-algae-into...

It was probably the pandas.

This stuff is just a smoke screen

Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation are up to their eyeballs with eugenics projects. According to them we don't have the right to exist or breath the same air as them.

http://truth11.com/2010/03/10/bill-gates-and-neo-eugenics-va...

Here you will hear it from the horses mouth, vaccines, health care, reproductive services, and I am sure GMO foods have his blessings. All are used for population control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQtRI7A064

I wonder how the DPers feel when using windows their feeding the beast that wants them dead?

GMO's have killed all my 300 beehives, it won't be long before we humans drop like bees.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Maybe the algae farms ARE the eugenics program?

Bill Gates employs more state prisoners than anyone else. Algae farms work best in the desert. There are lots of prisons in the desert. Soon there won't be enough prisoners to work the algae farms. So there will need to be more prisoners.

Nice to see someone reading this post again after so many months.

It was probably the pandas.

Usually something for the biodiesel boards...

But I know y'all are keen on green too...

It was probably the pandas.

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Thanks Chris

I appreciate the diversity of posts like this.

I see the advantage of magnetic algae. Maybe they can make magnetic kids in the future - so parents can reign them in better. Law enforcement would probably be interested in magnetic people, too.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

lol...

...that made me laugh.

It's almost surreal isn't it?

It's as if these people are just using mother nature as their laboratory, without even thinking of the consequences, which should be pounding at their brains!

How could these scientists not hear an intense pounding of warning when coming up with such ideas?

I do have to say though, where I live, organic produce, and stores like Trader Joe's and Sprouts, are popping up more and more now.

The big chain super-markets like Vons and Ralhps are empty every time I look, and they are starting to shut down. The old Vons where I used to work after high school, no less, just shut down, and when I have gone into them, I see "organic" ads in the front of the store now.

When people hear about gene modification of their food, especially with things that would NEVER come together in nature (like fish genes in strawberries), a big red flag almost always goes off in their head. As it should.

Dang, I am hungry now. Well excuse me, some beautifully dark red organic strawberries, that haven't been sprayed with poisonous chemicals, or spliced with kangaroo genes, are calling my name now. :)

Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
What in the World are They Spraying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA
http://geoengineeringwatch.org

Just spent five minutes trying to find the fight scene from that

one movie where all the prisoners wear steel shoes and the floor is magnetized. Instead I found this. Magnetic flooring:

http://youtu.be/v-nCCXKs9wg

It was probably the pandas.

I believe

It's face off with Nicolas cage and John t

The Marx Brothers' At The Circus

has a scene featuring magnet shoes. (It goes something like this.) When a female circus performer steals money, Groucho - an attorney from the firm Sheister, Sheister, & Sheister - is on to her, but she gets away by walking up the wall in her magnet shoes. With her hanging upside down, him on the ground, she taunts him to come up and get the money if he thinks she has it. He responds that he can't. "We have an agreement with the flies. They don't practice law. We don't walk on ceilings."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Awesome.

Thanks. :)

It was probably the pandas.