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US Scientist To Announce 'Artificial Life' Breakthrough

Posted October 06, 2007 3:33 PM

From PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news:

Celebrity US scientist Craig Venter has built a synthetic chromosome using chemicals made in a laboratory, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Saturday. A Venter spokeswoman however declined to confirm any breakthrough. "The Guardian is ahead of themselves on this," Venter spokeswoman Heather Kowalski told AFP. "We have not achieved what some have speculated we have in synthetic life," Kowalski said. "When we do so there will be a scientific publication and we are likely months away from that." Venter however told The Guardian that he is to announce the discovery within weeks and could possibly unveil it as early as Monday. The breakthrough, which Venter hopes could help develop new energy sources to combat global warming, would be "a very important philosophical step in the history of our species," he told the newspaper. "We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before," he added.

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10/07/2007 4:34 PM

This is scary. A US government funded private research lab, probably working under minimal controls developing a self repilicating something. The research lab should be located on Antarctica.

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10/08/2007 12:00 PM

For a person whose sig makes fun of "the sky is falling!" types (re global warming), you seem quite ready to jump on this anti bandwagon. (I'm not saying there is nothing at all to worry about, just that you don't appear to be the most objective spokesperson for the job.)

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10/08/2007 12:26 PM

Hey there just has to be an "Anti USA Gov Lab" somewhere doesn't there? Rumor has it that the USA Gov was using genetic research to turn innocent normal people into Republicans.

Just what is the world coming to if that is real?

Heh Heh I Dun Know this one sounds as plausible as that one?

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