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Monday, October 31, 2005

BACILLUS CEREUS OF BORG?

Spoooooky! Scientists have merged biological life and machine. Still think cloning is biggest ethical issue facing science? Just wait until you boot up your computer one morning and hear:
We are the Borg. Resistence is futile.
Lower your shields and surrender your vessel.
Your life as it has been is over.
We will add your biological and
......
technological distinctiveness to our own.
Your culture will adapt to service us.
Snipet:
Fully merging microbe and machine for the first time, scientists have created gold-plated bacteria that can sense humidity.

The breakthrough is the first "cellborg" in what might become an array of devices that could sense dangerous gases or other hazardous substances.

The bioelectronic device swells and contracts in response to how much water vapor is in the air. It’s called a cellborg humidity sensor, and it is at least four times more sensitive than those that are solely electronic. It even works even when its biological parts are long dead.

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