From: "A Biological Apocalypse Averted" by John Robbins http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb6393/is_/ai_n28866050 "But the scientists discovered something else in these experiments, something that sent chills down their spines. They found that the genetically modified bacteria were able to persist in the soil, raising the possibility that, had it been released, the genetically engineered Klebsiella could have become established -- and virtually impossible to eradicate. "When the data first started coming in," says Elaine Ingham, the soil pathologist at Oregon State University who directed Michael Holmes' research on Klebsiella, "the EPA charged d'fat we couldn't have performed the research correctly. They went through everything with a fine tooth comb, and they couldn't find anything wrong with the experimental design -- but they tried as hard as they could ... If we hadn't done this research, the Klebsiella would have passed the approval process for commercial release." Geneticist David Suzuki understands that what took place was truly ominous. "The genetically engineered Klebsiella," he says, "could have ended all plant life on this continent. The implications of this single case are nothing short of terrifying."" Hopefully, one day, they will accidentally engineer an organism that will wipe out humanity directly.