Craig Venter invents artificial life?

Stephen Years @ 06-10-2007

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I’ve posted about developments in synthetic life before, here and here. It now appears the human genome pioneer Craig Venter has invented an artificial life form:

Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.

The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes. It is certain to provoke heated debate about the ethics of creating new species and could unlock the door to new energy sources and techniques to combat global warming.

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4 Responses to “Craig Venter invents artificial life?”

  1. scifinut says:

    Craig Venter invents artificial life?

    How hard can it be if it all came about by random chance in the first place. Maybe buy a blender and speed it up a bit? They will probably award him a Nobel prize for doing what nature did by accident…

  2. Paul Raven says:

    I think the point is that, although life came about by random chance, it took a lot longer to do so than Venter and his team have been working on the project … 😉

  3. Dagon says:

    “ahh thats what we have been waiting for”

    An alien probe just outside the orbit of the gas giant Persephone, which has been quietly orbiting there at 17 billion kilometers of the sun since the age of the dinosaurs waiting for intelligent lifeforms to develop springs into action and starts gearing up its antimatter drives setting course to earth.

    Now – What is its objective?

  4. Chey. says:

    im doing a project on him
    ..lol