I work in a molecular biology lab, and use GMO bacteria almost every day. Since the most common bacteria I are strains of E. coli, I was wondering if they somehow could be colonizing my gut. I don't have any gut problems I suppose, but it's more of a question I've been thinking of recently.
Thinking about how they could colonize:
- Easy for bacteria to get airborne, especially during vigorous pipetting.
- Pretty much all over the place, and even though I wear gloves, I'm sure I get some on my skin, and therefore in my mouth.
And how they couldn't:
- The lab strains are actually rather unfit to compete with "real" E. coli, they could be out grown easily
- They have genetic mutations that prevent horizontal gene transfer, so they can't pass their GMO plasmids to other bacteria. Theoretically.
So, what do you all think? Any Paleo people working in biotech/with GMO E. coli?