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"More than six million new genes have been found by an ocean expedition that is part of a broader effort to enlist some of the smallest creatures on the planet to renew the atmosphere to combat climate change.
American scientists are studying ways to curb climate change by giving the Earth a new set of â€œlungsâ€, vast colonies of bacteria and other microbes that are able to scrub the atmosphere of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane and perhaps even convert the pollutants to ethanol, which can be used as a fuel.
The US Department of Energy has assembled experts to examine how to read the entire genetic codes - genomes - of microbes and thousands of other creatures that deal with pollution and the see if there is a way to harness them or their clever chemistry in clean-ups or even design one from scratch."
Why does this fill me with a sense of foreboding?
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The prospect of not being able to stop these billions of microbes at the touch of a button and inducing an ice age perhaps?