Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jean Perier: Cynthia: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild

Crikey! This is bad, a US corporation has released an oil eating synthetic bacteria into the ocean to clean up an oil spill which it ate up at miraculous speed but it has now mutated into flesh eating bacteria killing fish and people and it is now moving through the Atlantic ocean towards Europe. If it mutates again and becomes air born, or gets into our drinking water, we've had it. So if we do mange to escape WW3 this thing might get us instead.

However, in the nearest future, the planet could face yet another “monster” that was bred deep inside US corporate laboratories. We are talking about the first synthetic bacteria – Cynthia, created “to combat oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico” which, according to the various reports that are often ignored by the corporate media, has mutated and has started attacking animals and humans. Now this highly lethal microorganism is on its way to Europe.

Jean Perier: Cynthia: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild


Tom Hickey said...

In addition to the fake news media, welcome to the science fiction world that is real.

Unknown said...

I believe that this is not true, See Has the synthetic bacteria Synthia become a rogue flesh-eating disease?


Upon closer inspection, it seems that this story can be traced to a single, very creative conspiracy theorist writing in 2010.

GULF BLUE PLAGUE: It's Not Wise to Fool Mother Nature

This is a surprisingly well-written blog post that invents an extremely tenuous conspiracy from whole cloth. After explaining how Synthia was developed, the author abruptly switches to the Deepwater Horizon spill:

This is the writer's sole direct evidence that there is a mutant GMO bacteria in the water: the fact that the press release (the cited source) described the bacteria in the water as "previously unknown".

Unfortunately for him, the species may have been unknown, but Hazen et al. did determine the genera of these new bacteria: "Oceanospirillales, Colwellia, and Cycloclasticus of Gammaproteobacteria". These were confirmed by several independent studies in the years afterward. (source) Synthia, in contrast, is of the genus Mycoplasma of the class Mollecutes.

It's true that the team behind Synthia has a deal with Exxon-Mobil for future technology. But for this conspiracy to work, we would have to accept that this research team, which seems to enjoy publicity, kept secret their development of an entirely different genus and class of synthetic bacteria, which was then taken out of the laboratory and used in a secret oil cleanup project for the good of the environment. I'll be going with Occam's Razor for this one.