‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists

Are you playing god?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10132762.stm

Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.

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.

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One Response to ‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists

  1. Rafael Aroca says:

    More interesting stuff in this subject:

    Craig Venter’s podcast interview from Science:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;science.1190719/DC2

    Science Article:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/science.1190719v1.pdf

    And more interesting, the terms Venter uses in the interview:

    “the cell operating system”

    “debug the system”

    “compile the genome”

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