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    Scientists create artificial life form

    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

    Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell.

    The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell.

    The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA.

    The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms.

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

    The researchers hope eventually to design bacterial cells that will produce medicines and fuels and even absorb greenhouse gases.
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Bad. Ass.



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    I literally just saw this. Very cool stuff.
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    [cheer][/cheer]

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    Wow, this is exciting and scary, like all scientific landmarks, I guess.

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Jesus Christ.

    Coincidentally i was thinking yesterday that it would take hundreds of years before we reach the scientific know-how to create a life form. How can such a sacred thing as life be made in a lab? Surely there's more to it than just this? I suppose i overestimated how easily life could be replicated....so i change my mind. It would take hundreds of years to reach the scientific know-how to create an intelligent life form - assuming we ever do. But will i be disproved again a decade down the line?

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    EDIT: What do you think would happen if we stuck the thing in Mars or something? Force an ecosystem kind of thing? Make it so it could take the freezing martian winters and the general lack of certain gasses in the atmosphere?

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    Wow, this runs the gamut of very good to exceedingly bad. Whatever it is, make sure it is killed with penicillin. Didn't that guy watch "I Am Legend"?

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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Wow, this is exciting and scary, like all scientific landmarks, I guess.
    how soon until this technology will be used as a weapon?

    or that something will be developed which results in horrendous unintended consequences

    i fear our world's technology may have outstripped our ethics
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    Re: Scientists create artificial life form

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalGear View Post
    EDIT: What do you think would happen if we stuck the thing in Mars or something? Force an ecosystem kind of thing? Make it so it could take the freezing martian winters and the general lack of certain gasses in the atmosphere?
    Probably not for this particular organism. But eventually, I think using synthetic life forms (or even natural life forms) to help terraform Mars will be possible.
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