Venter Institute Creates Synthetic Life

This is not tech, but it’s certainly geek.

From Agence France-Presse via Raw Story, something Victor Frankenstein dreamed of, which dream ultimately destroyed him–fictionally speaking, of course, since Victor Frankenstein was a character in a novel.

This is not in a novel.

It’s just one cell, but it is the first artificially-created living cell.

US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate .

“This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made,” said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled.

“We call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer.”

Here is a link to the article at the J. Craig Venter Institute website. Here is one to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation story on the same subject.

I don’t know what my reaction to this is.

But it is certainly news, possibly more significant than any other news of the day.

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