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Did you hear about the man-made synthetic “life form” Mycoplasma mycoides

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Scientists have created the world's first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved.

Mycoplasma mycoides 

 

Craig Venter, the pioneering US geneticist behind the experiment, said the achievement heralds the dawn of a new era in which new life is made to benefit humanity.

The new organism is based on an existing bacterium that causes mastitis in goats, but at its core is an entirely synthetic genome that was constructed from chemicals in the laboratory.

The single-celled organism has four "watermarks" written into its DNA to identify it as synthetic and help trace its descendants back to their creator, should they go astray.

Dr Venter's team developed a new code based on the four letters of the genetic code, G, T, C and A, that allowed them to draw on the whole alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks to write the watermarks. Anyone who cracks the code is invited to email an address written into the DNA.

He is going towards the role of a god: creating artificial life that could never have existed naturally."

Dr Venter became a controversial figure in the 1990s when he pitted his former company, Celera Genomics, against the publicly funded effort to sequence the human genome, the Human Genome Project. Venter had already applied for patents on more than 300 genes, raising concerns that the company might claim intellectual rights to the building blocks of life.

 

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fly007
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After the first paragraph I was a mixture of disgusted, scared, amazed, impressed. Mostly scared. Definitely never had trust in Venter. So that doubled the worry. 

 

Then I got to .....

 

2 hours ago, shaggyballs said:

The new organism is based on an existing bacterium that causes mastitis in goats

 

Venter for the Nobel!!!  

Long live mycoplasma mycoides!!!

Anything that helps goats (especially the sons of ones sans mothers 😉 )

Where do I buy stock???

Edited by fly007
Correcting a miscorrection from an autocorrect correction

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Kind024
4 hours ago, shaggyballs said:

the dawn of a new era in which new life is made to benefit humanity.

 

Within who's perception exactly? 

 

I still need more evidence proving the giant thumb holds our best interests in hand...⬇️...wait a minute...nevermind.

 

4 hours ago, shaggyballs said:

claim intellectual rights to the building blocks of life.

 

 

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2 hours ago, fly007 said:

Anything that helps goats (especially the sons of ones sans mothers 😉 )

Nice............. knock em dead over in OK........ok.....LOL

Poor excuse on the edit too BTW.😍

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Dr Maurice Hilleman, chief virologist for the pharmaceutical company MerckSharp & Dohme, stated that this disease agent is now carried by everybody in north America and possibly most people throughout the world.

Source:

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