Tuesday, August 31, 2010


'Artificial life' breakthrough announced

Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA. The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. News Report @ BBC News

The synthetic cell looks identical to the 'wild type'

See also:

Full Paper: D. G. Gibson et al [2010]."Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome" Science. 329 (5987): 52-56

Nature | Opinion [2010] "Life after the synthetic cell". Nature 465: 422–424



Informational Space dust?

Could alien life exist in the form of dancing specks of dust? According to a new simulation, electrically charged dust can organise itself into DNA-like double helixes that behave in many ways like living organisms, reproducing and passing on information to one another. Full article @ The New Scientist Space

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