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#1 skylark

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 03:06 AM

SYNTHETIC LIFE CREATED-AND VIDEO

-AND INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG VENTER CREATOR GENETICIST-



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*'Sweeps' NOTE:

…Well folks, the 'Cat's Out Of The Bag'…or maybe 'Pandora's Box' has been re-opened. If one can image a 'COMPUTER' DNA running/operating a living cell, then that's what we've got here. The 'CELL'/Bacterium…at this point…can even replicate, in other words Reproduce. We did know it was coming…being 15 years in the making. It IS 'The Two Edged Sword' theme again. This can be used in many different beneficial ways…or DESTROY, and be used for/by very unsavory types and clandestine purposes. Never mind also…the Colossal conundrum this whole area of AI/Artificially created Life, presents to our Value systems…morals/ethics/the religious institutions and their ILK. OK, time for your input/opinions/comments. The VIDEO interview with Craig Venter is at the bottom of this 1st Topic page…after the reading/'S'

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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Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:16 PM

Sweeps,

We know that scientists want to play 'God'. There is no point in trying to stop them, because they will only go somewhere where local regulations are less stringent and the locals are not so scrupled.

Many years ago I read in the Sunday Telegraph about an anti-bacterial agent which was created in a Californian laboratory which at first the scientists thought would be very useful in ridding crops of disease - and then their trials found that it was so powerful and so indiscriminate in killing bacteria - including the good bacteria upon which plants / animal life all depend - that the ground would have been well and truly 'sterilised', by which I mean 'rendered incapable of supporting life'.

Worse still, had there been field trials in the open it would have spread uncontrollably to neighbouring fields and ultimately killed all physical life as we know it. Including us.

ugh!

To a certain extent the problems with cane toads in Queensland point to what can go wrong when plants and animals are relocated to new areas as 'pesticides' without considering the wider holistic possibilities. New life (as in this story) creates similar issues, albeit even more magnified.

Some years ago the film 'evolution' addressed these issues too. It was both fascinating and alarming...

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:50 PM

Sweeps,

We know that scientists want to play 'God'. There is no point in trying to stop them, because they will only go somewhere where local regulations are less stringent and the locals are not so scrupled.

Many years ago I read in the Sunday Telegraph about an anti-bacterial agent which was created in a Californian laboratory which at first the scientists thought would be very useful in ridding crops of disease - and then their trials found that it was so powerful and so indiscriminate in killing bacteria - including the good bacteria upon which plants / animal life all depend - that the ground would have been well and truly 'sterilised', by which I mean 'rendered incapable of supporting life'.

Worse still, had there been field trials in the open it would have spread uncontrollably to neighbouring fields and ultimately killed all physical life as we know it. Including us.

ugh!

To a certain extent the problems with cane toads in Queensland point to what can go wrong when plants and animals are relocated to new areas as 'pesticides' without considering the wider holistic possibilities. New life (as in this story) creates similar issues, albeit even more magnified.

Some years ago the film 'evolution' addressed these issues too. It was both fascinating and alarming...

Simon


*Yeah Simon,
...The 'God' commentary/Bio on Craig Venter isn't mine...that's from a write up on him. I simply wrote the 'Sweeps' Note and put in the Photo and Web Link.
But, this guy has been in and out of 'Fights' about Patents on his work. As you hint at...The 'Human' is still much to naive/unready to look at the Holistic Picture. This whole 'creation' coming Thing,along with NANO Tech., will be a nightmare for 'Natural Survival'/'S'


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Posted 28 May 2010 - 01:39 AM

*Yeah Simon,
...The 'God' commentary/Bio on Craig Venter isn't mine...that's from a write up on him. I simply wrote the 'Sweeps' Note and put in the Photo and Web Link.
But, this guy has been in and out of 'Fights' about Patents on his work. As you hint at...The 'Human' is still much to naive/unready to look at the Holistic Picture. This whole 'creation' coming Thing,along with NANO Tech., will be a nightmare for 'Natural Survival'/'S'


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…Check out the implications. Thanks/'S'

The human body has been described as a biological computer for a long time now and…interestingly…Craig Venter used the computer analogy when he was explaining his work.

He likened his process to booting-up a computer. He said that like a program without a hard drive, DNA doesn't do anything by itself, 'but when the software is loaded into the computer - in this case the second bacterium - amazing things are possible'.

Venter added:

'It is pretty stunning when you just replace the DNA software in a cell and the cell instantly starts reading that new software and starts making a whole new set of proteins, and within a short while all the characteristics of the first species disappear and a new species emerges. That's a pretty important change in how we approach and think about life'.

He would not have realized it, but that is one key way the Reptilian geneticists changed the human species, switched off access to most of our brain capacity, the overwhelming majority of our DNA potential (hence the so-called 'junk' DNA that appears to have no function), and tuned the body-computer into the Moon Matrix, the Reptilian hive mind.

They gave the body new 'software' (information) to read - 'you just replace the DNA software in a cell and the cell instantly starts reading that new software and starts making a whole new set of proteins, and within a short while all the characteristics of the first species disappear and a new species emerges.'

They changed the computer code that the body-computer was reading and thus changed what appeared on the 'screen' - the human form.