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For discussions about the life form from the phylogical Domain Bacteria. These life forms are single cellular in structure (but can combine in mats) and possess no nucleus.

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How would a toxic halophilic bacteria (vibrio vulnificus) mutate and make all coastlines uninhabitable?

I am writing a speculative fictional story set in the future, where the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus mutates and makes life so dangerous for humans along the coast that everyone has to retreat into the ...
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Effects of breaking down the oceans plastic within 5 years [closed]

The oceans are full of plastic. In a story about the morals of DNA changes, one scientist meaning well creates a group of super bacteria/microorganisms (afterwards just called bacteria for simplicity ...
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How could a remote controlled bacterium work?

How could a radiowave controlled remote-controlled bacterium be possible? Criteria: The receiver for the radiowaves would not be bigger than the bacterium (which is the size of a cyanobacterium) The ...
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What could be an alternative for chlorophyll for cyanobacteria that use five micron infrared to make energy?

What would be a viable chlorophyll like protein be for a cyanobacterium that absorbs infrared light at the 5-20 micron range to produce energy in the form of ATP?
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How many gigatons of CO2 will my "cyanobacteria bioreactor" pull out of the atmosphere per year?

So, as CO2 levels continue to rocket in the atmosphere, its effects prove to be devastating for the world. Ice caps melt, sea levels rise, hurricane intensity increases, and lots of unpleasant things ...
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Can a person be immune to all diseases and poisons

I have an OC, who was born with this one-of-a-kind condition. His immune system is abnormally strong, invincible really. He's incapable of getting sick, or dying of bacteria, viruses, venoms, poisons, ...
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Geyser as drinkable water source in arid climate

My world is a life-bearing moon orbiting a gas giant. There will be plenty of geysers due to gravitational tectonic activity. Is it possible for geysers to happen in the middle of hot and arid biomes? ...
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Brain-Controlling Bacteria

As a Star Trek fan, I’ve been fascinated about the concept of the Borg and how they have used nanotechnology to assimilate every valuable species. They not only incorporate their technology into their ...
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Could bacteria survive on a star?

If the right requirements are met, could bacteria survive on the Sun? The bacteria would spend most of their time in hibernation and reproducing, and when the time comes, they spread out on plasma ...
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How would medieval knights capture the anti-metal dragon?

Set in 13th century A. D. a gargantuan dragon weights 100 ton is cutting across a town and hundreds of knights gathered there to defeat it, this docile dragon is a herbivore and cannot fly. It have ...
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Bacteria vats to generate edible biomass, require intermediary species?

In my understanding bacteria is a simple thing to grow as it requires: a Nutrition concentration at the right Temperature with the right Gaseous concentration at the right pH with additional Ions and ...
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If we brought ancient germs to the present

If germs from the past was brought to the present/future on a person (or by some other means of transportation) and we have immunity to its descendants, like the modern germs for example, would we be ...
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Likelihood that a superbug or lethal virus could come from a landfill

Landfills seem like disgusting, nasty places that could be breeding grounds for all sorts of viruses and bacteria. What is the likelihood that the next lethal superbug or virus (like Ebola) could ...
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Modern Landscape Lacking Wood Decomposers

What would a modern landscape look like with the absence of lignin decomposing fungi, bacteria, and etc. What I mean is...would a forested area just become filled with fallen trees instead of a more ...
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Dead on Mars: Surviving Bacteria

I'm interested in the introduction of bacteria on Mars. If a small base were set up with attempts to maintain some sort of sterilisation protocols, but all the humans died on that base a) what would ...
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Chlorine Trifluoride-producing microorganisms

Quick Context Basically I need one of my charaters to produce a lot of chlorine trifluoride, but human biochemistry wont allow that, so I was going to get a micro-organism to do the job and produce it ...
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Nanorobots versus bacteria

Future scientists have developed amazing nanorobots. They use 18 simple chemical reactions to move small metal pieces a few atoms long, and are controlled by a micro antenna that can intercept radio ...
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Odds of survivability when encountering new bacteria in Earth-like planet's atmosphere? [duplicate]

So, let's say you have two planets in parallel universes. Travel is possible between Earth and the second planet via wormholes or whatever (not important). While the oxygen-nitrogen-et cetera ratios ...
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Biological Effects of Being Shrunken as a Human

If a human being was shrunken to 1/2744th of his original size (his atoms being shrunken as well), what would be the immediate and long-term biological effects on the body, given that the natural ...
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A world without bacteria

According to a recent paper from the university of Edinburgh, the ground of Mars contains a lot of perchlorate, which combined with the high level of ultraviolet radiation, makes a very bacteria ...
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Immortal bacteria apocalypse

One lab accidentally developed a species of bacteria which doesn't naturally die, but multiplies at usual rate. (And the scientists didn't notice in time, so the bacteria escaped). EDIT after AlexP's ...
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Would an animal with a huge sack that could fill with a light gas like Helium be able to float in the sky?

I am writing a book featured above the ground of Venus in the atmosphere. In my book I imagine that human colonists would have genetically engineered species to survive floating in the atmosphere. One ...
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Utilize virus & bacteria to perform fast kills

Assume a supernatural character, who has control over billions of billions of virus and bacteria. It's not always an interesting concept, ss infections typically spread slow, and moreover, the nature ...
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The Simplest Energy Beings

We all have seen gobs of energy beings in movies - but one thing that's always bothered me is how an energy being lives. What's life like in the energy world? The Ergs are energy beings on some ...
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