Venter says 'synthetic life coming'

  • metta

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    Jul 13, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    Venter says 'synthetic life coming'

    "He and his laboratory in California were well on the way towards assembling a unique living organism, one unknown to exist anywhere else on the planet."

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0712/breaking36.html
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    Jul 13, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    I thought it was already here. Look at the people around you. There's no way most of the stupid people in the world could be real. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 13, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Ugh
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    Jul 13, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Yay! I can't wait for things to go horribly and unexpectedly wrong! =D!
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    Jul 13, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    This will either help us discover the origins of life, or give Intelligent Design proponents some ammunition. "See life does require a designer"
  • metta

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    Jul 13, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    We are also working with synthetic biology.

    The synthetic futures of vesicular stomatitis virus

    ...boy....at this point...I really don't understand all of the details of this yet. Looks like it has a lot of potential benefits though.

    http://www.cell.com/trends/biotechnology//retrieve/pii/S0167779912000935?cc=y


    Pseudotyping
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotyping

    "Pseudotyping is the process of producing viruses or viral vectors in combination with foreign viral envelope proteins. The result is a pseudotyped virus particle.[1]. With this method, the foreign viral envelope proteins can be used to alter host tropism or an increased/decreased stability of the virus particles. Pseudotyped particles do not carry the genetic material to produce additional viral envelope proteins, so the phenotypic changes can not be passed on to progeny viral particles.
    For example, pseudotyping allows to specify the character of the envelope proteins. An often used protein is the glycoprotein G of the Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), short VSV-G. These envelope proteins transduce to all cell types."
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    Jul 14, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidYay! I can't wait for things to go horribly and unexpectedly wrong! =D!


    Zombie apocalypse...it's real!
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    Jul 14, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    dcblue said
    Ariodante saidYay! I can't wait for things to go horribly and unexpectedly wrong! =D!


    Zombie apocalypse...it's real!


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    Jul 14, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
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    Jul 14, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    Stuttershock saidThis will either help us discover the origins of life, or give Intelligent Design proponents some ammunition. "See life does require a designer"

    The seemingly most appropriate approach to the "no designer" hypothesis is to throw a bunch of the elements together and try to tweak the conditions to see whether that life is created. This eliminates any idea that there is a pre-determined design for life's structure. Randomness is what governs. (Well, as random as can be created in a controlled environment.)

    On the other hand, by the very fact of "designing" the structure and assembly of the living organism already affirms the requirement of a "designing hand". The experiment itself suggests, "intelligence is indeed required or this assembling of a unique organism isn't happening". Well, clearly the experiment is not constructed to prove "no designer" (not that one could prove a negative anyway).
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    Jul 14, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    Stuttershock saidThis will either help us discover the origins of life, or give Intelligent Design proponents some ammunition. "See life does require a designer"

    The seemingly most appropriate approach to the "no designer" hypothesis is to throw a bunch of the elements together and try to tweak the conditions to see whether that life is created. This eliminates any idea that there is a pre-determined design for life's structure. Randomness is what governs. (Well, as random as can be created in a controlled environment.)

    On the other hand, by the very fact of "designing" the structure and assembly of the living organism already affirms the requirement of a "designing hand". The experiment itself suggests, "intelligence is indeed required or this assembling of a unique organism isn't happening". Well, clearly the experiment is not constructed to prove "no designer" (not that one could prove a negative anyway).


    The "ammunition" idea is easily dealt with by a quick conversation about necessary versus sufficient conditions.
  • spacemagic

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    Jul 14, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Shortly after synthetic life arrives, they will evolve into super robots and kick us off our planet. Every sci-fi trope ever says so.
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    Jul 16, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    JackBlair69: They'll do it - at least they'll report that they did it, whether legitimate or not. And now this: [Austrian School of Economics video]

    jockfever: Cool. Reading one book by Von Mises, e.g., Human Action, can induce immunity to Statist snake oil.
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    Jul 16, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
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    Jul 16, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
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