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Last by Evie on Dec 13, 2010, 5:20am
So, this press release
that I forwarded to some people at work today generated some interesting email discussion. Me and my colleagues do a fair amount of work on animal waste and their byproducts, and when I say "waste" I mean it literally ... poop and pee, on a massive scale. We do a lot of work with CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), so there are lots of animals (thousands if not tens of thousands) in a small area. If the waste is not handled or treated properly, it can have some dire environmental -- as well as animal and human health -- impacts. So, my job (and the job of my colleagues) is to find ways to improve on current waste treatment systems, which often leads us to cooperate with municipalities (and nations) to draw from their own applications (with reciprocation when they draw from us as well).
However that is really just a tangent to what we discusses this morning over a few emails. You see, the press release talks about a group of organisms called the PVC (Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobiae, and Chlamydiae) which this research consortium have call "the missing link" between microbial life . . . More