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A New Era In Science: "Synthia" The First Synthetic Life Is Created

Today, in Science, the first artificial cell was born.

Scientists from the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Maryland and California announced today that they have developed the first synthetic living cell.  Though theoretically this cell is the first step in the creation of artificial life, the inventors are focusing their efforts on creating new fuels, effective ways to clean polluted water, and faster vaccine production....

Scientists have moved single genes and chunks of DNA from one species to another before, but Dr. Craig Venter's team met a milestone a few years ago, transplanting an entire natural genome of one bacterium into another and watched the original goat germ turn into a cattle germ. 

World's first synthetic cells: J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) via BBC NewsWorld's first synthetic cells: J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) via BBC News

Later Venter's lab distinguished itself by building a small bacterium's genome with man-made DNA fragments, piece by piece - another milestone.

It was both milestone achievements that, combined, led the team to the 'synthetic cell' disclosed today. The researchers started out by combining two small species of Mycoplasma with a chemically synthesized goat germ genome, and finally transplanted that into a living cell from a different Mycoplasma species.

The team encountered an obstacle here and they eventually had to spell check (!) the DNA fragments of the synthetic genome to make sure there were no errors.  The delay in the achievement of their goal was about three months, but finally, they learned the spell checker found a typo in the genetic code!

Once it was fixed, the synthetic DNA and its cytoplasm, having been tagged to distinguish it from the DNA of the natural Mycoplasma, started to produce its own proteins.  Those proteins showed no relationship to their synthetic, genetic 'parent,' but instead looked and behaved exactly like the natural Mycoplasma.

Synthetic DNA may cause ethical concerns for some, but Synthia, as she (?) is fondly called by her creators, is getting plenty of praise from companies ready to join the new field of synthetic biology, a combination of chemistry, computer science, molecular biology, genetics and cell biology, to breed industrial life forms that can secrete fuels, vaccines or other saleable products." (WSJ)

Daisy, meet Synthia.

 

sources: BBC News, Globe And Mail, WSJ


Comments
May 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Sci Fic 2 Reality Today

Sci Fic then Today Reality.

Was Sci Fic 50 yrs ago, 70 yrs.

Today 2010.
Same for bionics, implants, HD TV, Ipads etc all products of 60s sci fic.

May 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Insane!

When will people realise that scientists don't know what they are doing? This is very dangerous! GM foods are proven dangerous but they are still used. Mobile phones are proven dangerous to the brain causing tumours, yet they are still used. Vaccines have been known to be dangerous for at least 150 years, they are not banned!

The scientists are like moronic children experimenting and by so doing they are endangering our lives. The scientists have no common sense!

The reason is people make too much money form human suffering. War is profitable, which is one reason it happens, but also for the genocide as population control.

May 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Science

I agree insane. True Science is taking what is not known, and working from there outwards, usually blind. Look what has happened in the Gulf from something very simple compared to this. More than likely this will be militarized as well. A little imagination can see where that will lead.

Our time on Earth is near its end. Humans have proven consistently to be a bad residence here. Yes, it is mostly done by the Globalist and those in power, but the People do nothing, and are responsible as well. People go back to watching TV, etc.

It is mostly the individuals fault. Because the powers that be are few compared to apathetic Humanity. They will only care when they are dying from the Earth turning on us.

And that is the way it is. For the entire existence of Humanity, it has only been in the last 100 years that we have lived so inharmonious with the Earth. Im not talking New Age bullshit either. Im talking simple common wisdom. The wisdom that the indigenous populations had. I wonder if that is why they killed them. What is going on today reminds me of the "Lord of the Rings".

Little emos will think this is cool. They should, in the future their DNA will be intertwined in the Post Human Era.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

GREAT

It never stops, does it.

Interesting tidbit : "and faster vaccine production" very nice indeed. How about getting this shit added to mercury and other nice ingredients and having it injected for your own good.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

what is sci fi

The truth is what is sci fi today is reality today and yesterday. The government was doing all the stuff we here about today, 20-30+ years ago! We usually only hear about a "breakthrough" after it has been around for long time.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Cool stuff

Pretty cool stuff. When will we grow our first Cylon?

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Weaponizable?

How will the human immune system react to such an entity (synthetic bacteria) in the bloodstream - especially since mycoplasma lack a cell wall. Could this new synthetic bacteria organism be engineered as a delivery mechanism for other infectious organisms, in a manner that resists or evades the natural human immune response? Sounds like a potential new bio-weapon, which I suppose does however fall under the "other saleable products" category...

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Mad Scientists

They won't be happy till nature is totally subjugated.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

has mankind *ever* been in control of itself?

I think not. Humans are DNA's tool for achieving conscious control over itself. The next stage of evolution on this planet is the self-modification of the genetic code. Species are genetic resources for the planetary organism just as individuals are for the species. Now that the code has been broken, the evolution of life on earth will become exponentially accelerated. Yes, there will be many dead ends, failed experiments, outright disasters and of course stunning breakthroughs, but it has been this way with life for a few billion years, has it not?
Someone commented "It never stops, does it" and they are correct. The wheel of life spins and has no care for human hope or fear. It is the pure soul of transformation. One way or another it will refashion us into something new, so why shouldn't we try to be conscious participants in that process?

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Scientists are pawns of evil forces

There is a great evil spirit known as the devil, Satan, Lucifer etc. that uses the scientists inventions to destroy and enslave humanity and nature. This has the potential to be just as bad as nuclear weapons because nature has no defense against it. Scientists are moral morons. They have no sense of morality and they tend to be very incompetent and make stupid mistakes like allowing a vial of contagious/infectious bacteria to get shipped to the wrong people or dropping it on the floor and letting it get on their clothes. They're just used by evil humans and demonic entities and the devil to enslave the earth.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Scientists photocopy genome and call it synthetic life.

This is not synthetic this is the stuff of life manipulated.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Business as usual

I have no real axe to grind with anyone, but lets be honest. . This "stuff" will get out into the "real world" no matter how much they try for it not to. . As brilliant as most scientists are, most lack "real world" sensibility. .That's the up side, the other possibility They are in fact trying to prove their own hypothesis that everything "evolved" and there is no God. . Life to them is something you can control, which is an illusion. . Will it be a good thing, or a bad thing? Depends on your point of view I believe..

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

ghmghm

ghnhghgnghmgh

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Hmm..Just in time for that new movie!

How convenient....that new film with Adrian Brody and some chick, with a bio-engineered critter that goes on a killing rampage. Perfect timing, don't you think?

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Hey, DARPA!

Hey, DARPA!

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Why don't they just do something useful?

If these scientists want to do something useful, why don't they think of a way to get rid of mosquitos and termites?

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

people are crazy

to be overly scientific is as crazy as being overly religious, just two sides of one crazy coin...whats wrong is both sides percieve life as a problem., and they will go to crazy extremes to solve this nonproblem....life is not a problem, death is not a problem...if it aint broke don't fix it...

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

kurt vonnegut

The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony,
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
"Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do."

The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say
--from "A Man Without a Country"

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Synthetic life

When they mix their compounds and elements, and the goo reproduces and eats, they will have created synthetic life.
Here they have tampered with a living creature, and claimed synthesis.
Even if they could create 'life' it would not follow that they should do this. God will not be mocked. Mankind isn't intelligent enough to understand the far-reaching consequences of these experiments. The military will acquire any such tech, and use it to destroy life. It's just another bio-weapon, and you all know it.
Read up on the HAARP project in Alaska, then compare the timeline of the project with the weather trends of the last seventeen years, and you will see how this kids-in-a-sandbox approach can be dangerous.
I see this as just more bad news.
Here's an idea for you biologists, try curing the common cold, aids, herpes or something. Help out instead of setting fires.
Impress me.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Kurt Vonnegut

...if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Humans cannot even make a cell membrane

Quote: ...:and finally transplanted that into a living cell from a different Mycoplasma species."

Humans have never made a living organism "from scratch" as is being falsely reported.Period.

This is just another example of "God-made DNA" being tinkered with and being injected into a "God-made" cell.

By the way, cells contain hundreds of complex structures(organelles like mitochondria) and complex enzymes, not just DNA.

Humans are no where close to "creating life." Molesting and mutating life is another story.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Edgar Cayce weights in

Edgar Cayce had a lot to say about what is occurring now. (Look him up.) Something to the effect that this is the first time since the great flood(s) that civilization has once again reached a level of technology where karmic influences match the reincarnating souls of Atlantis needs. They are coming in great numbers now. It will be our choices on the light or dark side of matters that will determine if mankind moves up or once again falls back. We are in word and deed our brothers keepers. Will we seek protection by a few in positions of power to continue the status or will we stand and insist on our right to be. All will be revealed. The golden rule does apply. It might be we do not see, we are responsible for our world. The ego is another word for separation. Build with positive intention and be governed by ideals, and we will make it to a new and better age. Life is energy and never defeated.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

We don't want your germs!

Globalist new world order mad scientists! Are you listening to the people? You think you've done something clever. Well, you have, but the people don't want it. We've seen where the military industrial complex takes this stuff. It will eventually be used against us.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Education

As a friend, I think you really should:

*get some remedial Science education.
*read some Research papers about the topics you have discussed.

God Bless,
Anon

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Word.

@Anon: Thank you for pointing it out.

May 21, 2010
by Anonymous

no life created

This appears purely to be manipulation of already living material. This is not creating life. Let's see what they can do with a bunch of in-organic compounds? If Man ever creates life it will only prove that it takes wisdom not eons to create life. Run this to it's ultimate conclusion..........

May 22, 2010
by Anonymous

Insane

You are so very right! The few are going to kill the many in their efforts to become Gods
Scientist and Government get so busy with if they could, they never stop to think if they should!

The ancestors say that what is done today effects seven generations after, science has proven it effects at least five. What are they leaving for the next generations of this planet?

Will humans become like the dinasaurs of the past extinct? That is what I fear is to come.
with all the toxins in the environment, all the GM things we eat, wear and breath it is just a matter of time.

They do intend to reduce the population - but at what cost? they care little, The rich greedy ones in this world care only for themselves. I am sure they are not part of the two thirds removal!

May 22, 2010
by Anonymous

I agree,,, we are fools to

I agree,,, we are fools to think this is a new discovery, it has more than likely just been De-classified... crazy

May 23, 2010
by Anonymous

We're in trouble.

I read recently that American's lifespan just shortened for the first time in decades. So we are not living as long as a decade ago. Haha, well what do you expect eating Reeses Pieces, genetically modified food, beef that is fed beef parts instead of grass.
Man, there is so much going on in the world right now. I'm overwhelmed by how dysfunctional and miserable our existence is trending. When I grew up, I loved to just sit on my grandmother's porch swing and watch it rain, and thunderstorm with lightning. I enjoyed spending time with family.
It seems to have disappeared, these times. Americans work more than any other nation. Work work work = tax tax tax, for wars wars wars. I noticed that nothing really has improved across the board since I can remember here in the USA.
As a loving, compassionate, intelligent average american, I seem to disagree with every politician. Where do these maggots come from? They arent representing any of my wishes, and I think I have a nice, balanced concept of american way of life and justice.
Ultimately, I see more of the same in our future...gradual incrementalism to mediocrity as a nation, more taxes funneled to the military industrial complex and the world financial institutions, and ultimately a blood bath between the good and the evil, the good and the desperate good.
You are blind/ignorant/in denial if you think america as it was intended by the forefathers still exists...it is gone. Grab some freedom and hang on to it if you can find it.

May 23, 2010
by Anonymous

I think it's spectacular!!

I think it's spectacular!! There is a down side to every thing. Show me one thing that doesn't have consequences using vaccination as an example is silly look the people that didn't die from catching a horrible disease that is now curable by vaccination their quality of life is much less than others that were vaccinated you should ask them the ones that cannot walk or those who can't see, ask them if they could have had a shot to prevent it from happening to them. What do you think their answer would be? Or better yet ask the mom or the child that is dying in a hospital because they can't find a match for her child's kidney but we have the way to produce one with out having to wait for the death of another, what do you think the mom would say? Or even the child that would have the chance at life... Being scared is OK but not allowing thing to happen because of your fear is not using common sense. If scientist are smart enough to create it then they will find a way to control it if some thing bad did happen. I say we go forward and stop looking at the what ifs. Cause you could be the what if it is your love one it saves from dying or suffering...
"What if?" God gave these scientist the ability to figure out how to create Synthetic cells for a reason so what is to say that it isn't the person that is trying to stop them is the one who is trying to play God??