Thursday, May 20, 2010

Synthetic life..

I was pleased to read today that Craig Venter has successfully completed the construction of a new synthetic life-form; as he previously predicted a DNA strand of around a million base-pairs was constructed entirely from scratch and inserted into an empty cell where it started producing proteins required for living and replicating. As Venter says in his interview it's the first species on Earth to have been created artificially, in fact parented by a computer!


Would you believe it, the first intelligently designed life-form; very cool! I wonder how long it will be before the Daily Mail start running pictures of blonds running screaming from giant flesh eating half-squid half-insect creatures ... :)

3 comments:

G said...

I don't want to worry you, but something is eating my sofa...

Chairman Bill said...

The Simpsons have been doing it for years.

Steve Borthwick said...

G, I bet whatever is eating your sofa is nowhere near as scary as what lives in my sons' football boots!