Slowburn August 27, 2012 07:18 PM They have genetically modified an organism so that it produces a poison. I hope it does not escape. Kimo August 27, 2012 09:10 PM This research seems to be ongoing, but should be banned. If we accidently produce an agressive carbon or CO2 converting bacteria that can live and breed outside of the laboritory we could be in very large trouble. Daishi August 28, 2012 01:39 AM A friend of mine worked on a project to do this with algae but I agree about the danger introducing bio engineered organisms into the environment. I remember when I watched the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" I thought the graph of CO2 levels over time was interesting because they raised in the northern winter and lowered in the northern summer. The reason given for it is that most land mass is located north of the equator and photosynthesis is enough to lower the world CO2 levels in the summer.I wondered at the time which kind of plants are best at photosynthesis and how much research we have done into identifying them and breeding improved versions the same way we have done with everything else (even if just through selection and not GMO).Photosynthesis is converts CO2 (carbon dioxide) with H2O (water) to make CH2O (a sugar) and O2 (oxygen) so it seems like doing so accomplishes a few things at the same time. CH2O can be used as fuel but from what I have read it may be difficult to do with Algae. The amount of Oxygen different plants product might be difficult to measure but the amount of CH2O different plants produce is likely easier to measure and maybe also an indicator of the amount of CO2 it removes from the atmosphere. GMO's are a pretty new science and they have only been used in large scale commercially since the mid 90's so there is still a lot of research to be done and its something that has the potential to both produce a better bio-fuel than corn based ethanol and to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere significantly. Michael Mantion August 28, 2012 02:04 AM Slowburn and Kimo??? there are an uncounted number of organisms that produce poison and or live on some carbon source. It would be completely scientifically ignorant to think this posses a danger to the world or man kind.That said I found the work lacking in any detail. First this article suggest the organism feeds on Fructose, and they hope to someday have it feed on CO2, Then in stark contrast it states it has done just that.There is no arguing that this is important work, but what I don't understand is using C02 as a food source.. Using CO2 as a food source and using it as a carbon source are completely different. Plants use CO2 but it gets its energy from the sun.The abstract as expected mentions nothing about CO2 as "food" or CO2 emissions from smoke stacks.I find the title and much of the article completely misleading and sad. i do how ever highly support the work and think it is very promising. Kimo August 28, 2012 05:32 AM I dont see any benefit to Mankind or plant life by turning atmospheric CO2 into fuel vapour. Pikeman August 28, 2012 05:54 AM re; Michael Mantion"Slowburn and Kimo??? there are an uncounted number of organisms that produce poison and or live on some carbon source. It would be completely scientifically ignorant to think this posses a danger to the world or man kind. "So you are saying? There are many natural toxins in the environment. It would be completely scientifically ignorant to think that PCP posses a danger to the world or man kind. " The difference is that bacteria actually reproduce on their own. piperTom August 28, 2012 09:09 AM Converting fructose to fuel is one thing -- fructose is already fuel! Converting CO2 to fuel has a huge problem: where does the energy come from? Lupoi Alexandru-Nicolae August 28, 2012 05:48 PM Kimo, pay attention, it says the bacteria releases it into it's surrounding liquid, not as a vapor Stephen N Russell August 28, 2012 09:58 PM For Lunar base or Mars base use alone?? Awesome. Slowburn August 28, 2012 11:06 PM re; piperTomWhile technically true you wont get very far with your car's gas tank filled with fructose.