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Scientists Create Synthetic Life In Lab

A US biologist claims to have created the first man-made cell in one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the past two decades.

Dr Craig Venter said his researchers had built a DNA strand from scratch and inserted it into a simple bacterium, creating so-called synthetic life.

Applications of the study include the production of medicines and biofuels, and could even help in the absorption of greenhouse gases.

A report published in the Science journal details how the team effectively stimulated a yeast cell into taking on a new life.

Scientists at first made short strands of DNA and then put them together to form a chromosome, which was then inserted into the yeast cell, replacing its native DNA.

They found the cell took on the appearance and behaviour of the transplanted chromosome, generating different proteins and multiplying.

Craig Venter

Dr Craig Venter

"This is the first synthetic cell that's been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome," Dr Venter said.

"This is an important step we think, both scientifically and philosophically.

"It's certainly changed my views of the definitions of life and how life works."

Sky's health correspondent Thomas Moore said the scientists have created a form of life never before seen on the planet.

"Other groups are working on it around the world, but [Dr Venter's] the first to have done this," Moore said.

"He's the man who has opened up a new chapter, where we are not just looking at life that has evolved - but life that is created in a laboratory."

Ethicist Dr Tom Douglas told Sky News the research opened up a number of dilemmas.

"Some will worry about the idea that this involves a problematic form of playing God," he said.

"Some will worry that this is undermining the distinction of living beings and machines.

"I think the greatest issue posed by this research is not really anything to do with the fact that it's artificial life as such, it's got to do with the potential for this kind of research to be misused to create pathogens that could be used in biological weapons."

Dr Venter, who runs the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland, came to fame when he challenged publicly-funded scientists working on the Human Genome Project - the first attempt to produce a complete map of the human genetic code.

He set out to construct his own private version of the human genome, using a different "short cut" method.

While his team succeeded, the race ended in a dead heat when both versions were published simultaneously in Science in 2001

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countdown to 12/12/2012 begins

whats your views on what will happen?

f*ck all will happen.

we can see across the universe, im sure if their was any sort of significant astronomical occurance and an extra planet passing near etc, we would have known well in advance.

also a lot of people have misinterpreted the mya's calender. the end marks the end of a set period but also marks the begining of a new one (just like the end of a year for us); this has happened countless times without any apocolyptic coincidences.

don't believe the hype. i posted a good video about this stuff in a seperate thread somewhere.

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My concern is who owns the rights to this technology and how it will be developed and utilised.

As its America no doubt it will be sold to the highest bidder. THEN we need to worry..

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swear clever bot is sh*t

just asked it 2 questions and it said "I don't know" for both

and they were factual questions, not "what colour shirt am i wearing"

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i asked clever bot what the most populated country in africa was and it told me Minka Kelly :/

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But this is next level stuff can actually make life forms what are not natural don’t you reckon armys will try build some soilder or monster type thing in some rogue contrys once they have stepped up their technology which is not hard or do I watch to muc sci fi’s?


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neg for all those man rating

1. clever bot is self aware...

2. cleverbot is jus playing dumb

3. cleverbot actualy LEARNS by itself

4. cleverbot knows where john and his mom live

5 ^^^^ means we all gonna die

im f*ck*ng off to live and train with mexicans in the desert

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