SYNTHETIC LIFE CREATED-AND VIDEO
-AND INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG VENTER CREATOR GENETICIST-
As introduction, Craig Venter…is one of the greatest scientific minds in Genetics. For those of you who do not know Venter, he was one of the persons who worked on mapping the human genome…a feat that continues to give humanity a fighting chance against disease.
People growing up in the Christian/Catholic faith and other Religions…for example…were/are taught and believe that man was made in God's image. However there are interpretations in this…that we have also been given the powers of God. We have proven the power to destroy all life with the nuclear bomb. Today man has harnessed the power to create life.
Craig Venter and his team have built the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporated it into a cell to make what they call the world's first synthetic life form.
Man...and women as I am certain there were women scientists involved…have now created world's first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved.
It is a controversial feat that will certainly rile fundamentalists from all religions. But all the screams will not stop the monumental feat 20 scientists have accomplished. We are in a different world. One researcher defined it as "a defining moment in biology".
The UK Guardian reports:
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.
"We were ecstatic when the cells booted up with all the watermarks in place," Dr Venter told the Guardian. "It's a living species now, part of our planet's inventory of life."
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.
Scientists can now synthesize a genome and have it control a cell allowing a way for the creation of microbes with specialized properties that could be of immense value to the world.
Molecular biologist J. Craig Venter described the cell as "the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer."
New life forms can be made to benefit humanity, starting with bacteria that churn out biofuels so we stop drilling and destroying our oceans. In Dr. Venter's lecture in Cavallo Point, he spoke of algae that could begin to eat up the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
We can might be able rapidly manufacture vaccines instead wait for them to grow in chicken eggs. We might be able to defeat multiple diseases. Clyde Hutchison of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, a co-author of the paper said, "From a practical aspect, this should enable building cells that have things added that will help with a variety of social needs."
Fundamentalists have already started crowing and condemning the work warning that artificial organisms could escape into the wild and cause environmental havoc or be turned into biological weapons. They have a point after all there are nine nations who have the capacity to destroy humanity today with nuclear weapons.
Some said Venter is playing God. Hmmm...
Good. It's much better than the guy who created the cluster bomb, the nuclear bomb or the credit default swap.
Unto His Own Image, God has created Craig Venter who used his God-given talents and science to create life rather than destroy it.
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