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US team creates first 'synthetic life' (bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/10 | Jean-Louis Santini

Posted on 05/20/2010 11:45:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life.

"This is the first synthetic cell that's been made," said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled.

"We call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer."

The team said it now hopes to use the method it has developed "to probe the basic machinery of life and to engineer bacteria specially designed to solve environmental or energy problems."

The method could be used to design bacteria specifically to help produce biofuels or to clean up environmental hazards, said the study carried out by the J. Craig Venter Institute, and published in the journal Science.

"This becomes a very powerful tool for trying to design what we want biology to do. We have a wide range of applications (in mind)," said Venter, co-author of the first sequencing of the human genome in 2000.

The researchers synthesized the 1.08 million base pair genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides, created from four bottles of chemicals which make up the components of DNA.

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KEYWORDS: bacteria; genome; godsgravesglyphs; life; science; synthetic

1 posted on 05/20/2010 11:45:43 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10132762.stm


2 posted on 05/20/2010 11:46:13 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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” Even some scientists worry we lack the means to weigh up the risks such novel organisms might represent, once set loose “

Susan Watts
BBC Newsnight science editor


3 posted on 05/20/2010 11:47:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“US team creates first ‘synthetic life’ (bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome)”

How long before it’s elected to national office?


4 posted on 05/20/2010 11:48:37 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: NormsRevenge
Of course, the article reveals that the scientists, in fact, did not create life, they altered some of the DNA of an already living cell.

This claim is the scientific equivalent of Blumenthall's claim to be a Vietnam veteran.

5 posted on 05/20/2010 11:49:21 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: NormsRevenge

It's Alive!
6 posted on 05/20/2010 11:49:44 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m proud it was an American team. I’m frightened that we won’t have the wisdom or brains to control artificial life.
I’m concerned that Obama will start selecting old persons, sick children and terminally ill adults and teenagers to
start experimenting on.


7 posted on 05/20/2010 11:50:46 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Is Obama an Irish, Italian or Japanese name?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

It’s all great fun until someone gets hurt.


8 posted on 05/20/2010 11:51:22 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: righttackle44

“I’m concerned that Obama will start selecting old persons, sick children and terminally ill adults and teenagers to
start experimenting on.”

Already happening.

He signed the ‘Health Care’ law!


9 posted on 05/20/2010 11:52:02 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: NormsRevenge

Skynet becomes self-aware at 02:14 am Eastern Time after its activation on August 4, 1997


10 posted on 05/20/2010 11:52:05 AM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: Spok

It already was.


11 posted on 05/20/2010 11:52:27 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (1-20-09--The Beginning of an Error..............1-20-13--Change we can look forward to)
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12 posted on 05/20/2010 11:52:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Mr. Lucky

“The researchers synthesized the 1.08 million base pair genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides, created from four bottles of chemicals which make up the components of DNA.”


13 posted on 05/20/2010 11:53:13 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: NormsRevenge

A lot of advanced techniques, but not synthetic life. If I understand they took an existing cell, removed it’s DNA, and placed an exact (but synthetic) copy of a natural DNA in that cell. The cell then performs according to the instructions in the copied DNA.
Creating a new functional DNA sequence that actually does something would be truly revolutionary, but this seems to be creating the tools needed to do something amazing, rather than the amazing thing itself.


14 posted on 05/20/2010 11:53:38 AM PDT by conejo99
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To: NormsRevenge

This story is also in today’s Financial Times online edition at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3dbad5ca-6431-11df-8618-00144feab49a.html


15 posted on 05/20/2010 11:53:43 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
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To: OldNavyVet

Thanks!


16 posted on 05/20/2010 11:54:15 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

17 posted on 05/20/2010 11:55:38 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: James C. Bennett
Read the article.

We do start with a living cell which we transform.

18 posted on 05/20/2010 11:56:23 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: OldNavyVet
The story also tells us that ... "We do start with a living cell which we transform," Venter told a later press conference, adding the cell had now gone through a "million steps of replication" and was now frozen in a freezer.
19 posted on 05/20/2010 11:57:23 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
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To: NormsRevenge; tx_eggman
clean up environmental hazards

I have a great idea...

let's engineer one that eats hydrocarbons, and release it in the Gulf to help clean up the oil spill... I mean... what could go wrong?

/sarc
20 posted on 05/20/2010 11:58:35 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: NormsRevenge

Those baby blue eyes would Dr. Mengele a tingle up his legs.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 11:58:45 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Mr. Lucky

Still, if not complete it is a concrete step towards validating the Intelligent Design Theory.
Nothing like unintended consequences.


22 posted on 05/20/2010 11:59:59 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: SpinnerWebb
I mean... what could go wrong? /sarc

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23 posted on 05/20/2010 12:02:07 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: SpinnerWebb

“let’s engineer one that eats hydrocarbons, and release it in the Gulf to help clean up the oil spill... I mean... what could go wrong?”

An organism engineered to eat hydrocarbons in order to cleanup oil spills was created in the 70s. It was the first patented organism. To my knowledge it was never released.


24 posted on 05/20/2010 12:06:21 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Mr. Lucky
"Of course, the article reveals that the scientists, in fact, did not create life, they altered some of the DNA of an already living cell."

Of course.

25 posted on 05/20/2010 12:06:42 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: NormsRevenge
This looks like a close-up from the unrated version of Avatar.
26 posted on 05/20/2010 12:10:37 PM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: IrishCatholic

Accelerating evolution artificially requires intelligent design. How’s this for a grand, unified theory?

LOL!


27 posted on 05/20/2010 12:41:03 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: SpinnerWebb
let's engineer one that eats hydrocarbons, and release it in the Gulf to help clean up the oil spill... I mean... what could go wrong?

We could call it Wormwood ...

28 posted on 05/20/2010 1:17:14 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The method could be used to design bacteria specifically to help produce biofuels

We already have something called algae, that can do that.

29 posted on 05/20/2010 1:44:57 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: Spok
How long before it’s elected to national office?

Are you kidding? We already have him.

30 posted on 05/20/2010 1:46:00 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: itsahoot

Ping


31 posted on 05/20/2010 2:05:10 PM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: Hacklehead
We need to saturation bomb the entire mideast with oil eating bacteria bombs.

Wahabi fundamentalists will need to sell a F***LOAD of dates to continue to fund their jihadis.

32 posted on 05/20/2010 5:06:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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33 posted on 05/20/2010 6:44:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: NormsRevenge

And what happens if some nutcase combines the properties of Anthrax, Bubonic Plague, Ebola Zaire, Influenza, and maybe a few others?


34 posted on 05/20/2010 6:54:16 PM PDT by nomad
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The survivors will all look like this:
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35 posted on 05/21/2010 4:58:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Spok
How long before it’s elected to national office?

It hasn't been? Darn! There goes my Pelosi theory.

36 posted on 05/21/2010 5:09:43 PM PDT by Robwin
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