ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

E-Coli:An Excuse?

Updated on September 30, 2011

E-Coli

Bacteria

Escherichia Coli, better known as E-Coli are a rod shaped bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.

There are many strains of E-Coli and most are harmless. However it is still probably the biggest cause of food recalls today.

For over sixty years scientists have known about these bacteria and have been investigating it in their laboratories. They have discovered that it is easy to reproduce and has proven useful in DNA experiments as it has the ability to transfer DNA.

The scientists have said that the E-Coli they produce in their laboratories are harmless to humans.

Legal Currency

Money

It is now considered by some of the scientific world that these bacteria could be used as a sort of code on certain items.

E-Coli will show itself in different colors, depending upon how it is looked at. It is therefore thought that an item subjected to one strain of E-Coli will show up as a certain color under certain circumstances and if those circumstances are only known to the people that infected the item, then counterfeits could easily be detected, as the fake item would not have the correct infection.

Ever since money has been used, there has been an ongoing struggle to try and detect or stop counterfeiting, with only a limited amount of success.

It has now been suggested that money should be tainted with certain strains of harmless E-Coli, to assist in the counterfeiting war.

Experiments

In the Lab
In the Lab
Not on the Street
Not on the Street

Danger

I am sure that the scientists are right when they say that they can produce safe strains in their laboratories and that they can help them in other research. It has even been said that it could be a major factor in the search for different bio fuels.

My concerns though are:

E-Coli strains have been found easy and inexpensive to make in labs and are therefore able to be quickly made in various forms.

Since biological weapons have been outlawed, so have experiments in creating them. E-Coli has shown itself to be a dangerous bacteria under normal circumstances, causing 73,000 Americans to seek hospital treatment annually, how easy would it be to make it more dangerous?

Introducing a potentially, dangerous bacteria into every bodies lives, such as putting it on legal currency, has to be a mistake. Even if the strain used on the legal tender was harmless wouldn’t it be encouraging counterfeiters to experiment for themselves, trying to find the correct strain?

Couldn’t the counterfeiters, even accidentally, introduce a harmful if not deadly strain into the hands of the people, women and children included?

Even if E-Coli is important to research: keep it contained, don’t put it on the streets.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Credence2 profile image

      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I have to wonder what goes on behind the scenes at many of the dining establishments that I visit. With how easliy things spread it is a surprize that more of us are not sick more often. Great Hub, Cred2

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting. And i agree that putting ANY type of bacteria on a medium that is easily moved hand to hand through any society is one of the most irresponsible types of the introduction of more dangerous weapons on the streets today.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting hub! I'm just recovering from a stomach bug so I know how debilitating it can be.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)