Four scientists have leaked information about research that produced a genetically-modified bacteria capable of destroying all life on earth.
Elaine Ingham, a soil ecologist at Oregon State University, was part of the team that prevented the bacteria from being released into the environment. She said that the bacteria had already been approved for field trials when its lethal effects were discovered.
The genetically engineered klebsiella planticola bacteria was created to turn crop residue, left over after plants have been harvested, into alcohol. The organic sludge remaining from this process would have then been returned to the fields as fertilizer.
Dr. Ingham said she tested the bacteria on plants, something the regulatory authority had failed to do. "After seven days," she said, "all wheat plants turned into slime." She believes the bacteria is capable of destroying any plant life it comes in contact with.
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