The First Synthetic Cell

  • metta

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    Jun 01, 2010 3:59 AM GMT



    " the Venter team managed to recreate with bottled chemicals the entire genetic code of one species of bacterium and transplant that manufactured genome into the housing of a closely related species of bacterium. Once installed, the synthetic DNA began operating like the real thing, prompting its cellular surroundings to produce a protein work force appropriate to its needs rather than that of the original bacterial host, to copy the synthetic DNA, and to do what all bacteria love to do, which is divide over and over again."


    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/science/01angi.html?src=un&feedurl=http://json8.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.jsonp

    Wow...don't you just wonder where this technology will go to in the long term?
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    Jun 02, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    Does that mean they created life? If so that'd be a first also. Very very exciting either way. Yay science, can't wait to start doing stuff like that in the future.
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    Jun 02, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    Can I start creating my clone army to conquer the world now?

    Haha, oh silly me, who would ever want to do that icon_razz.gif It's not like there are malicious people out who would use science in such an evil way...

    ...oh wait icon_neutral.gif