Ideabird 5/18/2012

Under the Pacific gyre bacteria have been discovered which have ultra-slow metabolisms. It takes them 1000 years to consume their own weight in food. Their DNA may date back to dinosaur times. The bacteria discovered on Mars has survived billenia, with an even slower metabolism. Until exposed to Earth's conditions, where their genes express wildly, and they consume massive quantities of biomaterial.

© Tony Jonick 2013