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Rumours: Synthetic Life

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May 21, 2010

02:03

The long awaited announcement was finally made in this week's Science magazine: Craig Venter's version of synthetic life has been "booted up." A bare-bones genome was artificially constructed and transplanted into a host bacterium, which now looks and behaves just how they engineered it to be.

This breakthrough is obviously going to bring up some timely questions - moral, ethical, and scientific - and many news outlets are already discussing this leap into what some think of as "God's territory."

But this is not the only way scientists are attempting to create life. Watch this video to learn about the many other ways synthetic biologists and engineers intend to annoy theologians in coming years.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo Credits: J. Craig Venter Institute; Wikimedia users Bev Sykes, Michael Linnenbach, Hao et al (BioMedCentral)


References:

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/328/5981/958.pdf
http://www.jcvi.org/cms/research/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2442389/pdf/rstb20072065.pdf
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090325091809.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2759422/pdf/11693_2009_Article_9029.pdf

YOUR COMMENTS

Jennifer on May 21, 2010
Wow!! check out this video.

Venter talks about the process and describes the organism as the "first self replicating species who's parent is a computer". Sends shivers, and excitement. He also said something about it being the first species to have it's website embedded in it's genetic code. Neato.
Chris Buzon on May 21, 2010
*squeal*

This makes me so happy. They should have sent a poet..

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