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scientists create first living organism from artificial dna
05-08-2014, 03:37 PM #1
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WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Move over, Frankenstein! Your 21st-century counterpart has just been announced.

In true sci-fi fashion, a team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, Calif., has created a brand-new bacteria based on a genetic structure found nowhere on Earth.


According to lead researcher Floyd Romesberg, the feat involved artificially engineering a unique combination of DNA material -- a combination not found in any living creature -- and then successfully inserting it into a living cell that usually contains only natural combinations of DNA.

"Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G," Romesberg explained in an institute news release. "And what we've made is an organism that stably contains those two plus a third, unnatural pair of bases."http://health.usnews.com/health-news/art...src=usn_tw:damned:

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05-08-2014, 03:45 PM #2
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They just added poop
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Quote:Romesberg and colleagues managed to coax E. coli bacteria into taking up their six-letter DNA and making copies of it. The cells’ enzymes copied the two new letters, which the scientists call X and Y for short (not to be confused with the X and Y chromosomes that differentiate boys from girls), along with the usual four. The cells grew a little more slowly than normal, but otherwise seemed no worse for wear, the team reports today in Nature.

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/synthetic-dna-cells/
05-08-2014, 03:52 PM #3
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maybe this is what they createdlmao.gif

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05-08-2014, 04:04 PM #4
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What could possibly go wrong? scream.gif



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