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(Ars Technica)   New 3D printer ink is actually alive and "self-assembling". Fark: It's genetically engineered E. coli   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Bacteria, Inkjet printer, researchers Anna M. Duraj-Thatte, Escherichia coli, printer ink, Genetics, Harvard University, creepy materials  
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2021-11-30 7:07:20 PM  
E. coli, the only coli worse than Broc. coli.
2021-11-30 7:09:28 PM  
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Printer engaged....
2021-11-30 9:46:45 PM  
My cat can lick his own butt. Until a 3d e coli printer can do that I won't be impressed. But once it can do that I'll be impressed as fark.
2021-11-30 11:15:48 PM  
Don't lose bowel control, this is surely a "laboratory" strain of E. coli. Unlike the relatively hardy "wild" Escherichia coli I seem to recall the lab strains being the most ridiculously delicate little microbial flowers. "Here are the E. coli cells for this experiment. Don't let them get too warm or they'll die. Also don't let them get too cold or they'll die. Furthermore, don't breathe at them or look too closely at them or they'll die..."

Obviously you shouldn't get it on you, but if you do your biggest danger is probably that you might get distracted by the faint sounds of your natural commensal microbes beating them up and taking their metabolite money.
2021-12-01 12:44:15 AM  
Hooray! I'm a natural resource!
2021-12-01 12:48:11 AM  
shiatters full...
2021-12-01 1:22:21 AM  
So if I eat it my gut will produce it's own fiber? COOL!

Excuse me I need to feed my ink now.
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