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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    This is cool stuff, however I think it may be a little over hyped. From what it looks like, they copied a living bacterium's DNA and transplanted it into another cell. We can already do this using plasmids. However, this is a great achievement in science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    This is cool stuff, however I think it may be a little over hyped. From what it looks like, they copied a living bacterium's DNA and transplanted it into another cell. We can already do this using plasmids. However, this is a great achievement in science.
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

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    Scientists working with J. Craig Venter have successfully created a completely artificial life form for the first time in human history. Today is truly a milestone in biotechnology, unrivaled since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003.

    BBC News - 'Artificial life' breakthrough announced by scientists

    Dr Craig Venter says yeast, chemicals, and computers were used by scientists

    Whew!! For a moment, I got this scientist confused with Dr. Venture



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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    This is cool stuff, however I think it may be a little over hyped. From what it looks like, they copied a living bacterium's DNA and transplanted it into another cell. We can already do this using plasmids. However, this is a great achievement in science.
    No, they removed a bacterium's DNA and replaced it with a DNA strand that they had invented. The cell then behaved the way that the scientists programmed it to behave, effectively creating a new species.
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    It is now time to create an unstoppable military.
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    It is now time to create an unstoppable military.
    Bacteria aren't very good at following orders.
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Like all things, this has both a postive and negative aspect.

    The potential for great good and great harm exists.

    Best we can do is stay ahead on the "good" part.

    Cause eventually, someone's going to use it as a weapon, or at least make a weapon out of it.
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    The title is misleading.

    The life form isn't 100% artificial. They can't create the spark of life yet. All they did was transplant artificial genetic code into an already-functional cell membrane.

    It's still a cool accomplishment, because this will pave the way for programming bacteria. Science still can't create life from scratch though.

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