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With the proper engineering, there are few limits t the abilities of a swarm of single-celled creatures.
The original application of my idea was military- if an organism were designed to digest rubber and plastics for carbon a release of these things over a warzone would bring fighting to a stand still. Vehicles would be crippled as suspension components, tires, belt drives and many other parts disintegrated. Much of the equipment soldier rely on, even the packaging of meals would rot away. If the organism were designed to be asexual and had a short lifespan they could be used without becoming a plague on the Earth.
What I've realized just now is that engineered organisms could do other things as well. Imagine an airfilter on your car full of little critters that absorb air and make use of Nitrogen and Carbon, exhaling pure oxygen into your engine. Another sort of organism in your fuel tank might break down water into Hydrogen.
I'm not exactly an expert in biology or chemistry, so I'm not really just throwing this idea out there as much as asking how feasible it is. How far are we from being able to design our own small organisms, and how likely is it that we could manipulate them for such uses as produce hydrogen to power a hydrogen economy, etc?
Originally posted by The Vagabond
I kind of figured it would be nearly impossible at present to just create new genes, but I am sort of curious about something. DNA is just chemicals and could theoretically be synthesized right?
Has anybody ever proposed or tried to do some trial-and-error experiments in patterns similiar but not identical to known organisms? I realize it might be a laborious and expensive progress, but wouldn't that be an effective way to get an idea of the rules by which DNA behaves, and therefore a step towards the ability to design entirely new genes?