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Scientists Create New 'Alien' Life Form With DNA
Trove ^ | May 13, 2014 | Kukil Bora

Posted on 05/13/2014 4:27:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, or TSRI, in San Diego, California, have created a new living organism whose genetic code includes six letters, instead of four, and that added pair of DNA letters, researchers say, is “not found in nature.”

In a study, published in Nature on Wednesday, scientists described the new bacterium as the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks. According to them, the new finding could lead to organisms that might help scientists develop medicines or industrial products that are impossible to produce using cells containing only natural genetic code, The New York Times reported.

“Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G, and what we’ve made is an organism that stably contains those two plus a third, unnatural pair of bases,” Floyd E. Romesberg, a TSRI associate professor who lead the research team, said in a statement. “This shows that other solutions to storing information are possible and, of course, takes us closer to an expanded-DNA biology that will have many exciting applications—from new medicines to new kinds of nanotechnology.”

As part of the study, the scientists at TSRI added a pair of artificial “X” and “Y” nucleotides to the genetic code of the common bacterium E. coli, and so far, the bacteria appears to be reproducing normally, replicating the X-Y pair along with the natural nucleotides, the NY Times reported.

According to the scientists, their next step would be to demonstrate the in-cell transcription of the new, expanded-alphabet DNA into the Ribonucleic acid (RNA) that feeds the protein-making machinery of cells.

“In principle, we could encode new proteins made from new, unnatural amino acids—which would give us greater power than ever to tailor protein therapeutics and diagnostics and laboratory reagents

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


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: dna; dnapairs

1 posted on 05/13/2014 4:27:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: little jeremiah; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...

This is so damned scary, I can’t find the words. But I know what it could easily lead to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6wWPwz4BAM


2 posted on 05/13/2014 4:29:27 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued
What could possibly go wrong?


3 posted on 05/13/2014 4:31:51 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Clintonfatigued

The atheist was telling God that he could create life from dust. God said “go ahead.” The atheist bent over to pick up some dust, God said “get your own dust.”


4 posted on 05/13/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Clintonfatigued

You know, THERE ARE BETTER THINGS TO BE WORKING ON, Dr. Frankenstein!!


5 posted on 05/13/2014 4:32:44 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Clintonfatigued; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; ...
Re: Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, or TSRI, in San Diego, California, have created a new living organism whose genetic code includes six letters, instead of four, and that added pair of DNA letters, researchers say, is “not found in nature.”

Gee, Bendy, I just hope this new life they created doesn't like to drink beer... 'cause that would mean less for me!

Well, big, I just hope this 'new life' doesn't like... to eat metal--

6 posted on 05/13/2014 4:35:41 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Why do I think this is not a good thing to do?


7 posted on 05/13/2014 4:37:21 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
New 'Alien' Life Form With DNA

The only question remains: Will the Pope baptize it?

8 posted on 05/13/2014 4:40:47 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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9 posted on 05/13/2014 4:41:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

10 posted on 05/13/2014 4:42:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
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11 posted on 05/13/2014 4:43:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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12 posted on 05/13/2014 4:45:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clintonfatigued

Good movie of its type. Some classic scenes here.

As for scariness, no, this business of new DNA elements is not scary. It is a long way from making extensions to DNA elements to making them DO anything.

Sort of like the difference between adding new letters to the English language, which is pretty trivial, and of using them to write a work of literature where the new words they make up are used to unique effect.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 4:45:21 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: TruthWillWin

When they brought up the fact that they inserted X and Y nucleotides into the bacterium it made me think of X and Y chromosomes and wonder if this involves creating life forms that can self replicate that’s paid for by government funds. I could see Obama authorizing funds to create self-replicating faggots that don’t need to procreate with the opposite sex. This is where we are even if this isn’t true yet you know they are working on it...


14 posted on 05/13/2014 4:48:22 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: tumblindice

Unless she’s a nun, somewhere in this world there is a very, very happy man.


15 posted on 05/13/2014 4:50:15 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
and it looks just like
16 posted on 05/13/2014 4:52:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: DannyTN

LMAO!


17 posted on 05/13/2014 4:54:14 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: C210N
"The only question remains: Will the Pope baptize it? "

I'm pretty sure that got answered. If it wants to be baptized, the pope will baptize it.

18 posted on 05/13/2014 5:00:38 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: tumblindice

Yes!...USA...


19 posted on 05/13/2014 5:01:12 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: tumblindice

+1.


20 posted on 05/13/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I love the exchange:

“Get everything ready!”

“For what?”


21 posted on 05/13/2014 5:12:32 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Clintonfatigued

Intelligent design, hm? Nice.


22 posted on 05/13/2014 5:12:42 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What could possibly go wrong?


23 posted on 05/13/2014 5:18:07 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Clintonfatigued

If God didn’t approve this,I doubt it would have happened.


24 posted on 05/13/2014 5:23:48 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: Clintonfatigued

"Hmmm...Unnatural life forms...


25 posted on 05/13/2014 5:25:04 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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26 posted on 05/13/2014 5:28:51 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Ok..can we all agree. .this was “intelligent design”. . okay .. it is CREATED LIFE life..it did not evolve.

Now what test could be done to prove it was designed?

Point being you can believe in evolution, you can believe in creation, you can believe in both, you can believe in neither.

But you can not prove anything.. and its incorrect to teacher one or the other is a proven fact to the exclusion of the other.

... why the rant ?????......because both sides in the evolution creation debate piss me off because both parties practice bad science..and teach bad science.....

...Wisdom is knowing you know nothing (in the total scheme of things in the universe)

27 posted on 05/13/2014 5:55:17 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Have you considered the possibility that she is sitting on the cooler so nobody can get to the beer?


28 posted on 05/13/2014 6:01:52 PM PDT by Squeako (The radicals are the wolves. The moderates are the wolves in sheep's clothing.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

what could possibly go wrong?

only the most horrific event in the history of the planet.

cool! let’s do it!

/face-palm


29 posted on 05/13/2014 6:53:44 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I`d be more afraid it turns out like The Stand.


30 posted on 05/13/2014 6:53:56 PM PDT by nomad
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To: Clintonfatigued
so far, the bacteria

appears

to be reproducing normally

It either IS or isn't.

31 posted on 05/13/2014 7:02:24 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

My son is a scientist, Biology/Chemistry, and when he graduated I asked him ‘please, never work at something like this’...

These mad scientists could create something that mutates and is harmful to all of us.


32 posted on 05/13/2014 7:11:31 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: Bender2
RE: Well, big, I just hope this 'new life' doesn't like to eat metal--

There's a thought...

33 posted on 05/13/2014 8:18:39 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Zeneta

Maybe there’s another normal...


34 posted on 05/14/2014 3:20:24 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: potlatch

Or helpful


35 posted on 05/14/2014 3:23:34 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: redhawk.44mag

“Or helpful”

I think the thread “title” slanted my view to the ‘bad’ instead of the ‘good’.


36 posted on 05/15/2014 2:57:25 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Big trouble if they treat DNA as a legos construct.


37 posted on 05/15/2014 2:59:42 PM PDT by AU72
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To: potlatch

Well, there’s always at least
two ways to look at things.


38 posted on 05/15/2014 4:49:37 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: redhawk.44mag

You have to agree that “Scientists create new alien life form with DNA” sounds more scary than “Scientists look for a cure for ‘whatever’”.

I remember some old Frankenstein type of movie that had a pitiful half-human creature down in a pit. They had created it and it suffered endlessly. That’s why I dislike the idea of what this Title says.


39 posted on 05/15/2014 5:14:06 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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To: potlatch

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this. I’m no worried though, God hand is in this.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 5:25:22 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: redhawk.44mag
I agree with you, there's enough to worry about without imagining things, lol.
41 posted on 05/15/2014 5:51:16 PM PDT by potlatch ("Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today")
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