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2011-02-11 04:35:41 PM  
some plants can do it too
 
2011-02-11 04:39:17 PM  
because this is fark, i have to ask, can bacteria cure cancer?

still no cure for...you know
 
2011-02-11 04:39:48 PM  
Nanobacteria are a load of crap. Biological membranes are about 3 nm thick and 10 kDa proteins are 2 nm thick. The volume of a putative nanobacterium is waaay too small to be biochemically active and self-sufficiently replicative. And a 20 nm diameter is inconsistent with intrinsic bilayer curvature - a nanobacterium would collapse on itself.
 
2011-02-11 04:40:05 PM  
But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?
 
2011-02-11 04:40:10 PM  

encyclopediaplushuman: because this is fark, i have to ask, can bacteria cure cancer?

still no cure for...you know


Number 1 on the list, actually.
 
2011-02-11 04:43:28 PM  

jekostas: encyclopediaplushuman: because this is fark, i have to ask, can bacteria cure cancer?

still no cure for...you know

Number 1 on the list, actually.


It can fight cancer but so can chemo...doesn't cure it though
 
2011-02-11 04:52:24 PM  
Only bacteria can alter their own genes?

Clearly the author of this article has never been to Rapture.
 
2011-02-11 04:55:32 PM  
Worst site design evar!!
14 year old's 1995 geocities page > io9
 
2011-02-11 05:18:12 PM  
images.wikia.com

APPROVES!!

/hot'd
 
2011-02-11 07:05:23 PM  
And yeast, which is a fungus, converts sugar into alcohol.

Alchemists 0, bacteria 1, fungi 99999999999
 
2011-02-11 07:25:51 PM  

The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?


Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him
 
2011-02-11 09:31:41 PM  

rkane1: And yeast, which is a fungus, converts sugar into alcohol.

Alchemists 0, bacteria 1, fungi 99999999999


Bacteria convert sugars to ethanol too.
 
2011-02-11 09:40:15 PM  

exactly three days: The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?

Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him


i364.photobucket.com
 
2011-02-11 09:41:51 PM  
Ooh even better.

media-cards.theotaku.com
 
2011-02-11 10:42:45 PM  
Subby implies that the bacteria create gold, that's not at all what TFA says.
 
2011-02-11 10:51:20 PM  
2. Protect themselves from radioactivity and toxic environments

I can't do that?

images.wikia.com
 
2011-02-11 11:10:17 PM  

Falcon Hunter: APPROVES!!

/hot'd


exactly three days: The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?

Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him


corridor: exactly three days: The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?

Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him


I'm rewatching the series on Netflix Instant Play, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/Yes, the dubbed version
//Bite me purists
///The girl/dog chimera is one of the most disturbing things ever put in an anime
 
2011-02-12 12:18:58 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Nanobacteria are a load of crap. Biological membranes are about 3 nm thick and 10 kDa proteins are 2 nm thick. The volume of a putative nanobacterium is waaay too small to be biochemically active and self-sufficiently replicative. And a 20 nm diameter is inconsistent with intrinsic bilayer curvature - a nanobacterium would collapse on itself.


Archea can have very odd membranes. Some archea dont even form bilayers, they form monolayers. Curvature of membranes depends on the saturation levels of the phospholipids present. And you must also take into account osmotic pressures.

/Just because they're called "nanobacteria" doesn't meant they're actually bacteria or anything else for that matter.
// lighten up frances
 
2011-02-12 12:30:38 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Nanobacteria are a load of crap. Biological membranes are about 3 nm thick and 10 kDa proteins are 2 nm thick. The volume of a putative nanobacterium is waaay too small to be biochemically active and self-sufficiently replicative. And a 20 nm diameter is inconsistent with intrinsic bilayer curvature - a nanobacterium would collapse on itself.


Plus you're comparing them to "modern" cells. If they are real then they have been separated phylogenetically from the remainder of the tree of life for quite some time. DNA did arise as the genetic storage medium at least twice, after all.

It's the same pitfall of stating that "all life needs liquid water."

Life as we know it needs water, lives at mesothermic tempertures withing the "goldie locks zone" of the star the planet orbits.

/and i'll probably think of more later
 
2011-02-12 12:57:02 AM  

Honest Bender: 2. Protect themselves from radioactivity and toxic environments

I can't do that?


You can't rebuild your genome after it's shattered by radiation like Deinococcus can.
 
2011-02-12 12:57:11 AM  

encyclopediaplushuman: because this is fark, i have to ask, can bacteria cure cancer?

still no cure for...you know


It was mentioned on the website but they are being used to go after cancer as a treatment rather than binding to some carcinogens that enter your tummy.
 
2011-02-12 04:00:03 AM  

Vash's Apprentice: Falcon Hunter: APPROVES!!

/hot'd

exactly three days: The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?

Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him

corridor: exactly three days: The_EliteOne: But how does the FULLMETAL feel about this?

Probably a little under the weather.

/not saying he's short
//or that I need a microscope to see him

I'm rewatching the series on Netflix Instant Play, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/Yes, the dubbed version
//Bite me purists
///The girl/dog chimera is one of the most disturbing things ever put in an anime


What about The Mark of Sacrifice during the Eclipse
 
2011-02-12 04:28:21 AM  
Vash's Apprentice: I'm rewatching the series on Netflix Instant Play, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/Yes, the dubbed version
//Bite me purists
///The girl/dog chimera is one of the most disturbing things ever put in an anime


The set-up for the girl & dog was written to give such a false sense of safety too. "Oh, look, he's studying and going to take the exam and isn't that cute, with the fluffy and the OH WHA--[keysmash + punctuation abuse]"

Heard lots of good reviews for the English version though-- if it's on Netflix Instant I'll have to check it out too.
 
2011-02-12 09:14:03 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Nanobacteria are a load of crap. Biological membranes are about 3 nm thick and 10 kDa proteins are 2 nm thick. The volume of a putative nanobacterium is waaay too small to be biochemically active and self-sufficiently replicative. And a 20 nm diameter is inconsistent with intrinsic bilayer curvature - a nanobacterium would collapse on itself.


*blink blink*
I SAY fark YOUR MUMBO JUMBO! THE UNIVERSE IS A STRANGE PLACE! SCIENCE CANNOT DESCRIBE IT!

/If I don't understand something it must be evil.
 
2011-02-12 12:35:08 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Nanobacteria are a load of crap. Biological membranes are about 3 nm thick and 10 kDa proteins are 2 nm thick. The volume of a putative nanobacterium is waaay too small to be biochemically active and self-sufficiently replicative. And a 20 nm diameter is inconsistent with intrinsic bilayer curvature - a nanobacterium would collapse on itself.


Not to mention that they don't seem to actually contain any nucleic acids. If they are "alive" it is in a way that is meaningless to us in any way we think of life.

/"Botulism" is not a bacterium! Botulism is a disease caused by bacteria!
 
2011-02-12 04:32:05 PM  
8. Make gold nanoparticles.

Really? The bottle of gold nanoparticles on my desk would disagree.
 
2011-02-13 05:06:05 AM  

exactly three days: Vash's Apprentice: I'm rewatching the series on Netflix Instant Play, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/Yes, the dubbed version
//Bite me purists
///The girl/dog chimera is one of the most disturbing things ever put in an anime

The set-up for the girl & dog was written to give such a false sense of safety too. "Oh, look, he's studying and going to take the exam and isn't that cute, with the fluffy and the OH WHA--[keysmash + punctuation abuse]"

Heard lots of good reviews for the English version though-- if it's on Netflix Instant I'll have to check it out too.


Also, which version are you watching? The first series had an interesting but kinda wtf? storyline. I like Brotherhood better though
 
2011-02-13 02:37:08 PM  

blighted:
Also, which version are you watching? The first series had an interesting but kinda wtf? storyline. I like Brotherhood better though


Oh, I haven't seen any of Brotherhood yet-- I watched the first series when it came on TV ((maybe 7-8 years ago now? whoa)). We all knew it was headed on a tangent away from the comics...

Hm, maybe I should look for Brotherhood now. If Funimation still has North American distribution rights, it should be available on Hulu, yeah?
 
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