Thursday, June 28, 2007

IT'S ALIVE!

And we made it. Humankind is on the brink of creating a new form of artificial life. The Telegraph reports:
In a development that has triggered unease and excitement in equal measure, scientists took the whole genetic makeup - or genome - of a bacterial cell and transplanted it into a closely related species.

This then began to grow and multiply in the lab, turning into the first species in the process.

The team that carried out the first “species transplant” says it plans within months to do the same thing with a synthetic genome made from scratch in the laboratory. ...

Since the 1970s, scientists have moved genes - instructions to make proteins - between different organisms.

But this marks the first time that the entire instruction set, consisting of more than a million “letters” of DNA, has been transplanted, transforming one species of bacterium into another.
Tinkering with what we don't know. We'll never learn.

1 comment:

Richard said...

Makes me think of the replicants in the movie "Blade Runner"; still a classic that makes one ponder what it means to be human.