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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    The next hundred years, heck the next fifty, should be quite facinating. I hope I'm around to see it all.

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    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.
    I'm sure this planted DNA wasn't given the capacity to reproduce, but if it was they could define that reproduction how they like. That would mean they could build a unique creature from the planted DNA, as its offspring would be totally unique. A whole representation of the DNA, as yes the current bacteria is merely a holder of this DNA.

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    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
    ....strange that they couldn't simply find one spontaneously form by chance....

    But no seriously when will Blizzard be updating their UI for custom genetic graft control?
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    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
    In my official roll of "Buzz-Killer" I would be remiss if I did not mention the "law of un-intended consequences" and the utmost importance of proceeding slowly and with great caution!

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