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updated wed 17 feb 10


Lee Love on tue 16 feb 10

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:14 AM, Neon-Cat wrote:

> One note of caution for anyone with chronic granulomatous disease
> (CGD) -- acetic acid bacteria of the species Granulibacter
> bethesdensis has been identified as an agent of invasive human disease
> specific in CGD. Scientists are now watching this common bacteria as
> an emergent human pathogen and those with a claim of CGD might want to
> limit their use of vinegar with regard to clay.

I just finished Greg Bear's Vitals. It is a pot boiler about
conspiracies, longevity research and bacteria. His use of
Stromatolites in his story got me interested in them, bacterial
colonies, the oldest form of organized life on the planet. Most
occur in briny water: the ocean or salt pools, but he mentioned them
occuring in Lake Baikal in Russia, which made me wonder if we had them
here in Minnesota. Sure enough, the only freshwater Stromatolites I
can find mention of are in Russia, Turkey, Lake Oneida, New York and
Lake Vermilion in Minnesota.

In Vitals, Bear calls the "The Little Mothers." He supposes
that life evolved to serve bacteria. We are simply carriers for

Lee, a Mashiko potter in Minneapolis

=3D93Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel
the artistry moving through and be silent.=3D94 --Rumi