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Hmm, I think this was posted already, but the New Scientist article really explains what it is all about. I guess my assumptions after reading the BBC article in the other thread were totally wrong.
 

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There was an article in this in this week's Economist, too.

On one hand, only the DNA was synthetic, and they still had to put it inside a previously-stripped mitochondria shell to get it to "live."

On the other, that's still pretty fucking crazy.
 

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There was a piece about this on NPR this morning. Essentially, they mapped an entire bacteria's genome, and stored it on disk. Then, using the a computer and four vats (one each for the four chemical components of DNA), they re-created the entire DNA strand from scratch. This is the proof of concept, just scratching the surface of what is possible.

Venter than went on to describe a scenario where they design a algae that eats CO2, and excretes hydrocarbons (fuel). Imagine solving the fuel crisis and global warming at the same time. :eek:
 

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There was a piece about this on NPR this morning. Essentially, they mapped an entire bacteria's genome, and stored it on disk. Then, using the a computer and four vats (one each for the four chemical components of DNA), they re-created the entire DNA strand from scratch. This is the proof of concept, just scratching the surface of what is possible.

Venter than went on to describe a scenario where they design a algae that eats CO2, and excretes hydrocarbons (fuel). Imagine solving the fuel crisis and global warming at the same time. :eek:
Now that sounds interesting. That would bring Pontiac back LOL
 
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