Well-detailed article announcing a new discovery about bacteria. They can sense the world around them. Duh.
Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors
The discovery is deep into the how-side of the chemistry and genetics involved.
Upshot is we now know enough about how some bacterial sensors, for like pH and CO2
, work that we can alter how that chain of events works. We will soon be able to customize any of the sensors and its corresponding DNA switch/dial.
And, of course, we are already into fiddling with bacterial DNA big time. So now we have the ability to customize a sensor grid around any bacteria to activate DNA of our choosing, natural or artificial.
Just had a big shiver go up my spine.
It appears the future evolution of bacteria is being slowly syphoned off from Mother Nature©
and into the capable hands of H. sapiens.
Eschew obfuscation. Habituate elucidation.