Friday, January 25, 2008

one step closer to frankenstein...

Well, it's about time! (yeah, that's sarcasm...)

1 comment:

BenMc said...

Well, Venter has been talking about this for years, and I actually am surprised it's taken him this long.

We've been able to create viruses from mail-order DNA for almost a decade now. This is just the same thing but big enough for a bacterium.

Since life comes from chemistry, we've now become good enough at chemistry that we can copy (not create, really) life. Single-celled, simple life. Then we might be able to put enzymes in it that would, say, piece together CO2 into alkanes, solving the greenhouse problem? That's way too facile a possibility, but this is really just the creation of a scientific "blank slate", a Procrustean microbe. Ockham's razor applied to a bacterium.

This actually bothers me much less than the virus thing, and that's been around for years now.