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Scientists create first living organism containing artificial DNA
FOX News ^ | May 8, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal

Posted on 05/08/2014 7:51:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Researchers for the first time created microbes containing artificial DNA, expanding the universal genetic code that guides life. The advance one day could lead to new antibiotics, vaccines and other medical products not possible with today's bioscience.

In a report published Wednesday in Nature, the scientists said they created two additions to the normal genetic code, and then prompted bacteria to incorporate these pieces of man-made DNA with few ill effects.

"The cells recognized it as natural," said chemical biologist Floyd Romesberg at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., who led the research group.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: artificialdna; bacteria; dna; genes

1 posted on 05/08/2014 7:51:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What could possibly go wrong?


2 posted on 05/08/2014 7:53:44 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks


3 posted on 05/08/2014 7:57:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Frankencell Lives


4 posted on 05/08/2014 7:59:03 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; GraceG; TADSLOS; Norm Lenhart; EEGator
Does this Unit Have a Soul?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2bXSVQAcDI


5 posted on 05/08/2014 7:59:53 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Rebelbase

“What could possibly go wrong?”

I don’t know but it answered to the name Hilary


6 posted on 05/08/2014 8:02:47 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Reality check. “Artificial DNA?” What is it if it is not DNA? “With few ill effects?” Please quantify the “ill effects” and what they are, how many there are, and their effect on future bacterial populations. As usual, the details are in the specifics, in the journal article, and how many will read that article, understand it, and act accordingly if it is even warranted? Spoiler alert. I'm in trouble again.
7 posted on 05/08/2014 8:03:17 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
And here it is!


8 posted on 05/08/2014 8:04:00 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, there’s no way this technology won’t be abused.


9 posted on 05/08/2014 8:05:01 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: MV=PY

Now which alien from Star Trek was she again?


10 posted on 05/08/2014 8:06:13 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

11 posted on 05/08/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I saw a movie where this couple created a new life form and raised it like it was their child, it was cute at first but it ended up eating “daddy” and others.


12 posted on 05/08/2014 8:10:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Free Vulcan

She is one of the reptilian so from V


13 posted on 05/08/2014 8:11:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Rebelbase

This headline feels like the start of a horror movie / book.

Kind of like the six word horror story on IO9 “Aliens landed (last post on Facebook)”


14 posted on 05/08/2014 8:20:53 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just because you can - doesn’t mean you should ...

Think the explorers to the New World that carried European diseases. The natives had no natural immunity. Hundreds of thousands - if not millions died.

Now, you introduce an organism that has DNA that has never been seen on earth ???

Sheesh !!!


15 posted on 05/08/2014 8:23:23 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Free Vulcan

“Now which alien from Star Trek was she again?”

If they can make me an 11 out of 10, I’m good with this.


16 posted on 05/08/2014 8:25:14 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Rebelbase
Nothing. Nothing at all...:
17 posted on 05/08/2014 8:28:20 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: GeronL

Nailed it!


18 posted on 05/08/2014 8:31:27 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"the scientists said they created two additions to the normal genetic code..........."

The headline made it sound like the DNA contained actual information.

....so they created a bit of junk DNA, 1.e., (apparently) innocuous gibberish. Oh wow.

19 posted on 05/08/2014 8:33:16 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I always thought this was how cloning would work. just copy the DNA of what you want.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"By one recent estimate, the market for biologic and protein-based therapies is expected to reach $165 billion a year by 2018.

Unfortunately due to ObamaCare, no one will able to afford any new therapies that might come from this. So I'm wondering where is this $165 billion coming from?

BTW, this is the sort of new medical advance that ObamaCare is designed to derail. Under Obama care people seriously ill are supposed to die --- not get lifesaving treatment.

21 posted on 05/08/2014 8:48:43 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
They better be keeping a very tight lid on this place because if they let something dangerously weird out that threatens the health of humans and the planet as a whole, the entire would will hunt them down and torture them to death. They probably get the Kaddaffi treatment...death by crowbar.

And they damn well better know it.

22 posted on 05/08/2014 8:50:24 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Rebelbase
What could possibly go wrong?

Why nothing, nothing at all.

23 posted on 05/08/2014 9:15:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
...with few ill effects

How "few"? What sort of "ill effects"?

24 posted on 05/08/2014 9:24:45 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Scientists create first living organism……..

Did they create the cell membrane, the lysosomes, the endoplasmic reticulum, the golgi apparatus, the nuclear membrane, the cytoplasm., or any of the intracellular organelles without which a cell will not survive?

25 posted on 05/08/2014 9:29:03 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: Cementjungle

...and the other 588 million turned into dark seekers, and they got hungry and then they killed and fed on everybody.


26 posted on 05/08/2014 9:44:45 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Mike Darancette

27 posted on 05/08/2014 10:59:59 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Texas Songwriter

No. They did some gene splicing into an already living cell. I guess the new twist is that the inserted gene was synthetic.


28 posted on 05/09/2014 3:59:27 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Free Vulcan
Now which alien from Star Trek was she again?

Wrong series. She's a sleestak from Land of the Lost. Not an alien at all. An evolved reptile.

29 posted on 05/09/2014 4:09:16 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Free Vulcan
Yeah, there’s no way this technology won’t be abused.

While I tend to agree that what we do with DNA and other sciences, I don't think that "...there’s no way this technology won’t be abused." is a good argument - it's exactly what the Left tells us when they say they need to control our guns and other parts of our lives.

30 posted on 05/09/2014 4:40:06 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

This kind of tech could ultimately be used in nanobots, bots that could be injected as some sort of marker and control mechanism within the human body. Something that could essentially infect your entire system, hijack and take over your body systems and modify their function to achieve other purposes.

If you can inject a bot with artificial DNA that’s both scannable and able to receive radio signals within the human body, you got something that could be used for some very ugly purposes. Particularly if you can use it to make that bot replicate.

You get out of line, the bot gets a signal and starts doing very nasty things to you. That assume it won’t control you to the point where you even have a choice in the matter. We are talking Borg like tech here.


31 posted on 05/09/2014 5:40:04 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: jsanders2001

That was the movie I was thinking of


32 posted on 05/09/2014 6:00:24 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Free Vulcan

You’re thinking “V”...


33 posted on 05/09/2014 6:03:56 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Define “artificial DNA”. Did they create the DNA from scratch or use existing DNA to start theirs?


34 posted on 05/09/2014 6:07:01 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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