Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: LorenCobb Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 445717  
Subject: Re: This, more worriesome than CERN Date: 3/9/2013 4:08 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 7
Buffy: Okay, so we have people drilling TWO miles down through ice to get to a lake that has been buried for who knows how long. ("Millions of years") They find a bacteria they have never seen before and basically has no match to any bacteria alive today...

Does this worry anyone? Seriously.


Yes, I was concerned about this the moment I first read about it. But, if I understand your concerns properly, my doubts have a different basis. I'm not particularly concerned about dangers to human or animal populations from any conceivable microbes that might be encountered.

I see this expedition's concept as a terrible idea, with attributes similar to the foolhardiness and sheer ignorant arrogance of Heinrich Schliemann as he raped and plundered the priceless archaeological knowledge that could have been retrieved from the excavation of Troy.

Even by the relatively primitive archaeological standards of 1870, Schliemann's work was an appalling ham-fisted schweinerei. I see these attempts to drill down into pristine under-ice lakes in the same light. I strongly expect that every such lake will become polluted with modern microbes, and truly priceless information will be lost forever.

They should wait for improved technology, just as today we happily pave over many newly-discovered archaeological sites so that they can be properly excavated much later, by our descendants, with far more powerful analytic tools.

Loren
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Foolanthropy 2014!
By working with young, first-time moms, Nurse-Family Partnership is able to truly change lives – for generations to come.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Macro Economics

Looking at Currency Ratios
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement