Our president made the following statement this week:
“I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which…I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.”
The Marxist ideology in the president’s view has been covered here in another article. However, my interest was piqued when I read about the “Belly Button Biodiversity Project” at NC State since I have a degree in Microbiology. Although I could find no information about the funding of this project, the cost to culture bacterial samples is minimal compared to most research.
Will this research provide any medical breakthroughs? Not unless a microbe to turn CO2 and H20 into C8H18 (octane) was found. Do you want the government redistributing the fruits of your labor to investigate belly buttons?
Scientists sampling DNA strains from the navels of volunteer donors have found 662 microbes that are apparently new to science, showing that the human navel is apparently a ripe environment for bacteria.
The Belly Button Biodiversity Project, run by scientists at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, has been analyzing navel swabs from a host of volunteers, as New Scientist explains. So far, they’ve found 1,400 distinct bacterial strains, nearly half of which have never been seen before.