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Scientists Create Artificial Life

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, May 21, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

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    A billionaire biologist claims to have created artificial life.

    Ushering in new treatments and drugs, Dr. Craig Venter says his designer microbe could revolutionize healthcare.

    The $30 million research program, lasting 15 years, manufactured artificial DNA, inserted it in a bacterial cell and watched it reproduce itself. The work will have applications from synthesizing fuel to protecting the environment, believes Venter, who heads his self-named research institute in the United States.

    “It’s a pretty important change in how we approach and think about life,” he said.

    The research, which was published in the journal Science, was hailed by experts as a defining breakthrough.

    But the research has been condemned by one independent genetics watchdog that is calling for a stop to synthetic biology. “This is simply large-scale chemistry and genetic engineering. The hype is typical of the way biotechnology companies try to boost their share prices,” said David King of Human Genetics Alert.
     
  2. le bricoleur

    le bricoleur TRIBE Member

    Sounds like David King is a little jealous that he didn't revolutionize genetics.

    Does anyone have a subscription to Science? Can they post the whole article?
     
  3. gasper

    gasper TRIBE Member

  4. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    bona-fide mutant hybrid babies, on the way....
     
  5. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

    It's just tie-in marketing for "Splice". Damn that Sarah Polley is crafty
     
  6. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    I thought this was going to be another thread about Heidi Montag.
     

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