posted on Oct, 29 2010 @ 06:04 PM
Whoah whoah whoah... everybody slow down.
I would like to start this whole thing here with a disclaimer of sorts, since I don't post on here very often and there is a very good chance that
anyone who reads this will not know my handle. I an environmental toxicologist in training (currently in grad school doing work with the Eastern
oyster and oxidative stress responses to heavy metals) and I have at least some professional experience with topics outlined in the article. I think
BP can go to hell, and the response from the government has been shameful/criminal. The work that Craig Venter does is both extremely powerful and
fundamentally frightening (though also having a great capacity for doing fantastic good). The dispersant used has done incalculable harm to the whole
Gulf system and it would be my guess has amplified the rates of acute illness across the region significantly. Chances are, a good many folks down
there are going to end up with a whole suite of cancers and that whole ecosystem is super boned for a long, long time.
This article is remarkably poorly written with a number of serious scientific errors; errors which even a crude biologist/ecologist worth their salt
would not make. There are numerous times throughout the article where the writer simply strings together a series of dissociated scientific terms and
clumsily/redundantly makes either obvious or simply not true points. While I am not saying that the article isn't half true (and it might be, I
don't know), I would suggest employing an ample amount of skepticism and caution when reading it. If there were a widespread mycoplasma pandemic
sweeping the region, people would very quickly find out about it. As well, bacteria don't just randomly, successfully infect multicellular species.
The process of establishing a new primary host species is a very long process (even/especially if it is engineered... ), often fraught with
incalculable failures for every one success. Your immune system is one of the greatest and most powerful systems that has ever evolved.
Also... and this is an important example, the reason that penicillin does not affect mycoplasma, is because mycoplasma does not have a cell wall. It
isn't considered gram negative, but it sure as heck isn't gram positive. Penicillin attacks the ability for a gram positive bacteria to synthesize a
cell wall from peptidoglycan. Mycoplasma has no peptidoglycan. This is but one example of the serious basic, scientific errors in this article.
As a final thought, I wouldn't worry too much about the whole "connecting the dots" thing here. Some of the article is based in fact, but there is
a good bit of it that is supremely questionable. I am about as big a conspiracy theorist as they come, but this whole thing stinks with amateur fear
mongering. Just my two cents.