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Marco2001

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Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:54:30 PM »
Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars
( another way players can make money from Mars )

As it was suggested previously in http://hyperkat.com/litterbox/index.php?topic=462.0
if a life on Mars was to be found, and if it had some properties that we lust for, it would only be cultivated for profit on Mars, becouse no martian life could be transported to Earth directly becouse of the risk of contamination.
Therefore - most studies about martian life will be made on Mars, and every preciouse biochemicals made by it would be imported from the Mars base.
This includes: antigens, medicine, bio-polimers, genetic markers, enzimes and many other...
Even if you ware to send a sample of it somewhere safe for futher studies (Universities, bio-corporations and whole countries would pay A LOT for a sample of those), you would first have to multiply them.
But first - in order to make that profit, you will have to find that life (see here---> http://hyperkat.com/litterbox/index.php?topic=296.0).
When you have it, you will be able to check that microbes if they produce anything you want. (And they will for sure - just not sure what it is. Any life that is so much exotic as from Mars WILL have some interesting features).
So when you have a sample of martian life, and you made some basic test on what they are, you need to cultivate them.
And it's easy (in theory). All you have to do is to put it inside a bioreactor, and set the bioreactor's parameters as those you previously tested.
After a while, they are ready. You drain the bioreactor, and extract the product, aswell as the microbes. You then can sell it for profit.
By searching for other life-forms you gain a library of microbiological life on Mars that you can cultivate inside the bioreactor for profit.
Some bacteria could be rare and make more profit, other could be common but for instance - faster to grow.
Players would not only search for minerals they need, but also for rare bacteria somewhere around the map.


Typical bioreactor. - Insert bacteria. Set parameters as those you tested. Wait. Drain and extract product and more bacteria.

Poland here. My time: GMT + 1h
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I'am an Astrobiology/Biology student.

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 04:36:33 PM »
Thats cool, I like that.. Could be incorpated with a "science desk" to research medicines and the like.

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 05:47:03 PM »
Hrm...

I can think of ONE way this could actually be profitable...

If for some reason every country on earth made the sale of pharmaceuticals from geneticly modified organisms grown on earth, the moon, and local space illegal...

Other than that there is no reason this would not just be done on earth.

Maybe if you were selling to a martian colony or something.... But the economics of that probably are not good either.


 

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 06:29:15 PM »
Might not be profitable, but if you're sick and you need a very specific medicine this could save your life. Also makes the colony more independent.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 07:16:23 PM »
Might not be profitable, but if you're sick and you need a very specific medicine this could save your life. Also makes the colony more independent.

No argument there. 

And I looked closer and noticed I missed a major assumption of his, he is saying if life is found which means non-earth life and it happened to be valuable in some way.

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 07:34:56 PM »
Be interesting what you can do or what happens if you use alien bacteria found on Mars...

..sounds like a story line for a sci-fi movie..


But I do think be good for the sim,.. a med making system..

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 08:47:20 PM »
Oh wait sorry did not notice that... I thought we were just talking about genetically modified EARTH organisms being used to make medicines.

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 09:05:21 PM »
Yeah, so did I the first time around.

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Re: Medicine, samples and other biochemicals from Mars - Idea
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 11:16:16 AM »
As far as I know there is going to be some form of life on the sim, its going to be a mission goal to find it..