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Scientists Breeding Super Bees

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Biotech 248

Elliot Chang writes "Over the last five years the world's honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come."

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They tried this already. (4, Insightful)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753522)

Isn't this how we got "killer bees" in the first place?

Re:They tried this already. (1)

myurr (468709) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753544)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:They tried this already. (5, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753752)

Worst case scenario would be that they fail. From TFA:

bees pollinate 90% of the world’s food crops

This is not like tinkering around with a ton of fissile material for a lawn ornament, this is breeding bees to ensure we have food. Creating a second breed of killer bees is not a nightmare scenario. There have been 11 deaths in the US due to killer bees since the 90's [udel.edu] . Imagine we create a killer bee variety that's worse, and that number rises a thousandfold. Compare that nightmare scenario to 90% of the crops worldwide failing to be pollinated.

Which would you rather risk?

If you're that paranoid that every article about biological research makes you worry about "I am legend" scenarios or clouds of murderous insects, I don't know what you're doing typing on a computer. Skynet and the matrix people! What could possibly go wrong?!?

Re:They tried this already. (4, Interesting)

246o1 (914193) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753826)

Mod Parent Up!

Not only is the killer bee problem much less of a problem than people think it is, but the potential loss of the world's honeybees is a much WORSE problem than people think it is. It's another case of the less-sexy story being more important by orders of magnitude.

Re:They tried this already. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754172)

I think it should be worth noting that these stories are specifically about honey bees and not bees in general. Honey bees make up only ~10 out of ~20,000 species of bees.

If all honey bees disappeared it seems like there would be several other bees left to pollinate crops. It would be nice to find out what is happening with these bees but these stories should not be read as a "sky is falling" story as they are often presented.

Re:They tried this already. (2, Interesting)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753864)

I'd rather not risk either.

You're offering up a false dichotomy, that it is "either this, or that". Nothing is further from the truth. SOMETHING is going on with the bees, and we had better find out what it is. If it is really THAT dire, then this is an "all hands on deck" moment for science. Trying to fix the bees when it is not their fault is stupid.

Thinking we know better than nature is just plain arrogance, which might just kill us all, and may be why we're in this boat to start with.

Re:They tried this already. (0)

hierophanta (1345511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754014)

that something is climate change. if we could fix that as easily, that would be really great

Re:They tried this already. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754114)

Thinking we know better than nature is just plain arrogance, which might just kill us all, and may be why we're in this boat to start with.

Thinking that nature knows anything is just as arrogant.
What makes you think that nature won't kill us all if left alone?

Re:They tried this already. (3, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754200)

You're offering up a false dichotomy, that it is "either this, or that". Nothing is further from the truth. SOMETHING is going on with the bees, and we had better find out what it is. If it is really THAT dire, then this is an "all hands on deck" moment for science. Trying to fix the bees when it is not their fault is stupid.

And you're offering up another false dichotomy. We try to make resistant bees AND we try to solve the problem with the mites. There are other scientists working on the problem with the existing bees. We have enough scientists to work on both. Hopefully we'll solve the problem without breeding new bees. If that fails, hopefully we can fix the bees.

Not trying to make resistant bees because "it's not their fault" is stupid. Plus, that's not really what we do. Aside from fish, we domesticate (read: fiddle with the genetics of) everything we eat or use in the production of food. Why would bees be any different?

Re:They tried this already. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753886)

So you're suggesting mechanical self-reproducing bees?

Re:They tried this already. (2)

black soap (2201626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753942)

Worst case scenario would be they work for a while, long enough that we become dependent solely on them, and then they fail. Imagine a scenario where they survive, but find it easier to pollinate non-crop foods. They discover a niche that doesn't benefit us.

The widely-cited "90%" is wrong. (4, Informative)

sirwired (27582) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754032)

The widely-quoted "90% of the world's crops depend on bees" is simply wrong.

The vast majority of the world's caloric intake comes from grains, legumes, and tubers, the vast majority of which require do not bee pollination.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees [wikipedia.org]

Re:They tried this already. (1)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754078)

If you're that paranoid that every article about biological research makes you worry about "I am legend" scenarios or clouds of murderous insects, I don't know what you're doing typing on a computer. Skynet and the matrix people! What could possibly go wrong?!?

Congratulations fellow earthling! I'm here to tell you that we have selected your post as "that most likely to have saved the world."

I come from your future - a future so bleak it makes idiocracy look like a summer camp. There is one bee left and it's getting really tired. If only you had tried harder! :-(

Re:They tried this already. (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754124)

Don't worry, we'll just unleash the needle snakes.

Re:They tried this already. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753594)

super-weed killed the bees. So, we need super-bees.
Super-bees killed the humans. So, we need super-humans....

Re:They tried this already. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753728)

Nietzsche is dead.

Re:They tried this already. (1)

rbrausse (1319883) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753924)

Nietzsche is dead.

but if he was right he died after god...

Re:They tried this already. (1)

GeekBoy (10877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753736)

Something like that. They cross bred a very docile bee with a very aggressive african bee which produced lots of very good honey. They though that by doing so they could get a docile bee which produced lots of top quality honey. Unfortunately they ended up with a bee that would kick your a$$ if you even looked at it funny, never mind trying to get the honey.

Re:They tried this already. (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753814)

I thought Lorne Michaels was how we got the Killer Bees?

I'm a Bee Keeper. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753948)

Not exactly.

Over in parts of Brazil, someone imported African honey bees to raise in CLOSED enclosures, and like all pets they escaped into the surrounding terrain when the colonies became large and their containment was challenged.

What I find odd is how quickly the African honey bees inter-bred with the native wild bee populations, and it didn't take long for the native bees to show traits that not even the original parent strains had shown. In my experience of managing several 40K hives with a single queen in them, the difference between a Africanized hive and a normal hive is 9 of 10 bees will attack you from an Africanized hive as opposed to a normal hive where 1 of 10 will only "investigate" and then 1 of 20 will actually try to sting you.

In contrast, Africanized honey bees produce less honey and are over-active in a schizzophrenic way, where when disturbed they will actually survey upto 2 miles around their hive to aggressively attack anything that moves and will remain this way notably longer than non-Africanized populations. In reality, all bees that have stingers are the females and they die after stinging once because they have a barbed stinger that rips their intestines and poison gland out of their abdomen (except the queen, she is barb-less). Why have Africanized bees not simply died-off from their suicidal attacks then? They key is cross-breeding, where only a fraction of thier genetics remains after a 50/50 mating of the original strain gets reduced to verry low genetic footprint after successive mating with other bees. Also of note, because the queen mates only once are rarely more in her life, her collection of male reproductive matterial is stored for her life inside her and it's as though it is preserved, and with successive matings that queen might lay eggs that hatch either pure non-Africanized bees or native bees: there is her genetic footprint, and then there is the share of potential offspring that are fertilized with a pre-stored African contribution.

In my opinion, scientists realy are the ones to blame: they are introducing unnatural successive genetic statistic into a genome that wasn't aquired through natural selection. With all the corruption of Monsanto Corporation, and the corruption of prior US Army partnerships to USDA to enrich and cross-breed dangerous animals and bacteria and fungus for warfare, you simply can't trust the scientists to ever having any wholesome ethics: the scientists themselves should be given the same suspicion as would when approaching a bee hive you suspect has lost it's native queen and could be turning into African bees with a new queen.

In reality, there are higher-quality bees that produce more honey, not as destructive when agitated, have better social customs, and are more patient in their lifestyle. The average European Honey Bee lives anywhere from 2 to 4 months, but a Africanized bee lives less than 3 weeks. That alone is proof that the Africanized strain is destructive to itself if not just a bastard to it's surroundings. By far in yield and quality of honey, the greatest replacement to the Africanized bees, as well as to phase-out all Honey Bees due to the recent contamination, I would choose the Denmark Black Bee. Like the Denmark red cow, the Black Bee is endangered. I find that quite saddening how such a higher-quality animal is always the one on the bench.

Won't someone think of the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753524)

...Honey!

What's the worst that could happen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753528)

Really?

Haven't I heard this story before? (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753536)

Wasn't that how Africanized Bee's were created? Wikipedia thinks so. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Haven't I heard this story before? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753932)

This is a bit different, they're trying to selectively breed everyday honey bees here, not cram in some new DNA that comes with increased aggression.

Re:Haven't I heard this story before? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754038)

Not to recognise the seriousness of the problem and the need to get new bies and to be frivolous is to be ignorant that the entire question of the existence of most plants, and so most of humanity, is to be or not to be.

Cell Phones (1)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753538)

I thought the problem was that they had to be resistant to cell phone signals? Has anyone considered tinfoil hats for bees? (because tinfoil bee hats, of course, would be ambiguous grammar.)

Ok, cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753540)

I don't see any way this could go wrong.

NOT THE BEES (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753584)

As long as they don't sound like a mass of Jerry Seinfeld we should be OK.

Oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753542)

I for one welcome our industrious little overlords.

Harder to kill = harder to control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753554)

That will make incidents like this one more interesting: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/cafs/articles/1077825-Semi-wreck-spilling-14M-honeybees-draws-Idaho-firefighters/

What's the problem? (2)

Normal Dan (1053064) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753586)

Have they figured out exactly why bee population is dwindling? It seems like they are just fixing the symptoms instead of the actual problem.

Re:What's the problem? (1)

AutumnLeaf (50333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753698)

The most likely culprit seems to be some insecticides that were approved for the market shortly before this problem really became visible. I believe two separate studies have pointed in this direction. Sorry - I don't have references handy.

Re:What's the problem? (1)

JordanL (886154) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753732)

I can't find the article, but I believe the scientific community concluded that among many factors, the most important was a newer, stronger form of disease that was infecting wild honey bees and domesticated honey bees, but was much more destructive to wild bees.

Re:What's the problem? (2)

AutumnLeaf (50333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753890)

And.... http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/poisoned-pollen [organicgardening.com]

Which points to an insecticide weakening the bees enough for a parasite to finish them off.

Re:What's the problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754064)

Yeah, a lot people in my area were convinced that bee populations dramatically fell off some time just after our local city government began aerial spraying and using fogger trucks to kill off mosquitoes potentially carrying the West Nile virus.

Re:What's the problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753854)

I thought we knew exactly why the bees were disappearing. Didn't the BBC have a documentary about it a few years ago? It was all explained by some doctor. Before you ask, no, I don't remember who.

Re:What's the problem? (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754082)

Not really. Evolution is a funny thing. You can either become resistant to your worst predator, or out populate it. Sure, it will kill X, but if you raise the ratio, you survive more by populating faster than by growing giant fangs to bite it back.

Make bees more tolerant to any other factor that inhibits its propogation, and they can outgrow anything, even infection. And, by increasing the numbers, you raise the chance for them to naturally evolve to resist infection or fungus or whatever it is that's killing them now.

Re:What's the problem? (1)

Kippesoep (712796) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754186)

I'm sure somebody will figure a way to blame it on gay marriage.

This had a bad end the last time this was tried (2, Insightful)

smoothnorman (1670542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753588)

Lest we forget the "Brazilian killer bee" problem, (which, I believe is still an issue), was the result of a good intention to improve the bee breed by increasing their active response via cross-breeding with more aggressive African strains. Then (as the story goes) someone (c1957) left off the queen excluder (grill that prevents from the queen from becoming a "free agent") and as a result dangerous bees escaped into the wild and several terrible horror films were born. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africanized_bee [wikipedia.org]

Re:This had a bad end the last time this was tried (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754138)

Several horror films, but not much else except a story here or there by someone who get's a bee hive in/on/near their house (in which case, it really doesn't matter what kind of bee it is, they'll all want you to go far far away from them). But they've yet to terrorize and drive us into the oceans yet.

Doesn't worry me. I can think of more dangerous creatures, like the Philosorapture.

All Hail!!!... (0, Redundant)

Wook Man (79498) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753610)

I welcome our new bee overlords!

Re:All Hail!!!... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753708)

I welcome our new bee overlords!

don't cock-up the formula "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords"

Re:All Hail!!!... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753892)

I, too, welcome our new super horny bee overloads!

Awesome. (2)

God'sDuck (837829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753622)

I'm hoping they aren't stingy with the modifications.

Hone your puns, folks. Fi hive.

Re:Awesome. (2)

hellkyng (1920978) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753700)

Good point, exciting new mods will create quite the buzz.

Re:Awesome. (3, Informative)

Captain Sarcastic (109765) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753756)

I couldn't think of a good response to this. I guess I'll have to wing it.

Re:Awesome. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753996)

Comb on, let's swarm up our pun generators

Re:Awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754094)

hivemind! retrurn to reddit at once! puns are lost here.

Re:Awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754196)

Oh give it a rest, honey.

Re:Buzz (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753910)

Google Bee! Social Networking in a Hive!

Tao Pollinates this.

Re:Awesome. (1)

Columcille (88542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753974)

Bees with lasers FTW!

Re:Awesome. (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754052)

Watch this thread get swarmed by nerds with bee puns.

First let's ban clothianidin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753634)

Get rid of pesticides that both kill bees outright and make them more vulnerable to mites, then see what happens. You know, pesticides which should have never been approved. See http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_EPA_pesticides.html for example.

I, for one, welcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753640)

...our new super honey bee overlords.

BuzzzzZZZzzzZZZzzzz

Re:I, for one, welcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753704)

Nope, this is the old bee. The new super bee says: Goooooooogleeeeee ++++++++++++++.

Look for the cause (1)

twsobey (1700970) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753648)

Since we don't know what's killing them, shouldn't we spend more resources figuring that out before trying to cure the symptom? If it eventually affects people, wouldn't more research on the cause be better than a band-aid fix for this one?

Scientist #1: The bee population is falling! (4, Funny)

inject_hotmail.com (843637) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753652)

Scientist #2: Well, let's figure out why, and attempt to correct the cause...

Scientist #1: No, wait! We can use our powers of scientifity to create a new, ultraimpervious, megastrong bee...that way it'll survive anything we do to make it's natural habitat inhospitable...

Scientist #2: Hmmm, you might be on to something...but what if it's not just the environment? What if it's some other natural evolution of another species that is now a predator to the bee?

Scientist #1: Fuck that shit. It's gonna die up against our new SuperBee(R).

Scientist #2: I'm almost convinced. What if this strikes an unnatural balance across the continent? How can we be sure that we don't fuck shit up for everything else?

Scientist #1: Think of the money we're going to make once we patent the gene!

Scientist #2: Holy shit, your solution is perfect! Let's get our friends to write some endorsements, and we'll be golden.

Scientist #1: I'm glad we've come to an understanding.

Re:Scientist #1: The bee population is falling! (1)

HeckRuler (1369601) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753798)

Scientist #2: Hmmm, you might be on to something...but what if it's not just the environment? What if it's some other natural evolution of another species that is now a predator to the bee?

Scientist #3: You idiot, that IS a factor of the environment! I agree with Scientist #1, fuck that shit. We want honey and our honey source is dwindling. So we're going to make a better honey source.

Why can't we figure out what's killing the bees? (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753670)

I'm not a scientist in this field, but I'm curious (if anyone knows the actual reason) why we can't just figure out what is actually killing the bees?

I know they've been trying to figure it out for sometime now with no luck.. what the heck could it bee? (yes.... yes that was intentional... I'm sorry).

Re:Why can't we figure out what's killing the bees (1)

GeekBoy (10877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753836)

Here some information from that article I posted:

Shan Bilimoria, a professor and molecular virologist, said the bees may be taking a one-two punch from both an insect virus and a fungus, which may be causing bees to die off by the billions...

"researchers discovered through spectroscopic analysis evidence of a moth virus called insect iridescent virus (IIV) 6 and a fungal parasite called Nosema."

The real question is: (1)

SMoynihan (1647997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753674)

The real question is: have they also inhibited their ability to migrate to other planets using the Tandoka Scale?

Mix these super bees with Africanized honey bees (1)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753684)

and pretty soon you'll have Planet of the Bees instead of Planet of the Apes...

Re:Mix these super bees with Africanized honey bee (1)

es330td (964170) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753876)

Calling Andrew Wiggen...

Already been done (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753688)

Didn't they do this a few years ago, when they created the Africanized bee or "killer bees"? Well, by all means keep it up, what could possibly go wrong?

Re:Already been done (1)

perbert (241785) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753848)

Didn't they do this a few years ago, when they created the Africanized bee or "killer bees"? Well, by all means keep it up, what could possibly go wrong?

According to the article, they're working with Canadian bees. So---so long as the bees are kept away from the hockey games and alcohol---nothing will go wrong!

Super Bees = ??? (1)

pezjono (2370452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753712)

Super Honey!!!

Digital Dog and the DNA monster (2)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753740)

This reminds me of a cartoon that was circulating around Digital Equipment Co. in the 1970's. Written by a DEC employee the strip's hero was Digital Dog, a super K9 whose owner had feed him LSD to make him smart. Anyway it seems some scientists wanted to create a cure for some disease so they combined the DNA from Killer Bees with the DNA of "Tricky Dick" (don't ask!). Anyway they ended up with a huge bee with Nixon's face and appetite for cottage cheese and ketchup.
Digital Dog had to trap him so NASA could get him strapped to rockets to blast him into space.

The same cartoonist latter wrote for Creative computing and a few other magazines a strip called "bit pit" which starred a VAX computer.

SUPER BEES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753762)

I for one welcome our winged yellow and black striped overlords, may your reign be terrible and ever-lasting.

And remember, as an anonymous poster I can assist in rounding up others to toil in your honey comb caves.

sounds like the next scifi channel moive! (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753768)

It's super KIller Bees!

Hey! while you're at it, lose the stinger! (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753778)

No reason they can't get rid of the stinger and the hyperaggressive behaviors.

Re:Hey! while you're at it, lose the stinger! (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753860)

No reason they can't get rid of the stinger

Then the bears (etc) will eat them all and we'll have no wild population left. Probably not a good idea, long term.

For safetys sake, I advise experimenting by killing all the mosquitos first, then once you know what made mosquitos extinct, try not doing that to the bees.

Re:Hey! while you're at it, lose the stinger! (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753902)

So what you're saying is,"Not only is the stinger a good idea, maybe it needs to be improved and hurt more."

This can't possibly go wrong... (1)

Faw (33935) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753784)

... I've seen enough movies to know lab created entities *never* turn on their creator.

Hunney? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753788)

This long after lunch stories like this give me a rumbly in my tumbly. Time for something sweet!

We can use the actual quote! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36753796)

I for one welcome our new inect overlords!

Oh, and we don't need the honey (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753812)

what we need is our crops pollinated.

Got that? Honey=optional. Food=required.

Why Stop There? (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753816)

Can we start breeding "super" humans that are immune to cancer, disease, cold, mites and pesticides?

That way we don't have to worry about what we put in our air, water and soil since we'll just be immune to it!

Super Dogs (1)

necro81 (917438) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753822)

But they'll also need to create a breed of super dogs: the super dogs with super bees in their mouths, so that when they bark they shoot bees at you.

[obscure? [google.com] ]

Re:Super Dogs (1)

HarvardAce (771954) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753934)

[obscure? [google.com] ]

Not to even a casual Simpsons fan...or at least it shouldn't be!

Re:Super Dogs (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753978)

Indeed, nothing says "obscure" like a 20+ year old pop culture icon.

Stung? Sue Monsanto .... (1)

argee (1327877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753906)

So, if I get stung by an engineered bee, do I get to sue Monsanto (or whoever)?

Re:Stung? Sue Monsanto .... (2)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754074)

That's not how the New World Order works, citizen 1327877: get stung by engineered bee and Monsanto sues your ass for having their patented bee DNA stuck in your skin

Monsanto Bees (1)

HardCaliber (1290854) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753938)

Would anyone be surprised if Monsanto created genetically modified bees, then sued farmers into oblivion because their fields were pollinated by them?

Oblig Simpsons (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753940)

Bee Keeper #1:: "Sure is quiet here today."
Bee Keeper #2: "Yes, a little TOO quiet, if you know what I mean."
Bee Keeper #1:: "No, I'm afraid I don't."
Bee Keeper #2:"You see, bees usually make a lot of noise, NO NOISE, suggests no bees."
Bee Keeper #1::: "Oh, I understand now. Oh look, there goes one."
Bee Keeper #2: "To the bee-mobile!"
Bee Keeper #1: "You mean your Chevy?"
Bee Keeper #2: "Yes."

Just one? (2)

Tenebrious1 (530949) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753962)

"If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come."

Wow, that's going to be one super busy bee.

But isn't that putting all our gets in one basket? I mean, maybe we want *two* of them just in case one dies?

They're being bred in Winnipeg (1)

Reed Solomon (897367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753984)

Bee colony confirmed as first round pick in next years NHL draft by Chicago Blackhawks.

AND (1)

glorybe (946151) | more than 3 years ago | (#36753998)

Maybe they could reduce the sting of the bee as well while they are designing it.

I for one welcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754010)

I for one welcome our new honey bee overlords.

Patented Bees (1)

liquidweaver (1988660) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754068)

Hey, Monsanto effectively owns the US soy industry by patenting soy DNA; couldn't these bees' get DNA get patented, in turn making their breeding (even unintentional) a licensing violation?

Next step from Monsanto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754100)

The next step is easy to guess, Monsanto will fund scientists so they engineer genetically modified humans that are resistant to Monsanto corruption awareness.

Already been done (by Chrysler) (1)

Anonymous Codger (96717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754146)

Super Bee [wikipedia.org]

Gratuitous Post (1)

krgallagher (743575) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754158)

I for one welcome our new Super Bee overlords!

I, for one, welcome our new bee overlords. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754162)

All hail king stingy.

easier solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36754168)

Why not just stop killing the bees we have?

http://wemustknow.net/2010/12/wikileaks-reveals-to-world-that-epa-allowed-the-killing-of-honey-bees/

I for one Welcome our new Insect Masters (1)

Matt.Battey (1741550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36754192)

Especially if they pay us in sweet sweet honey!

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