Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Artificial Life Soon?

We saw similar headlines in the 80's concerning
now some believe that artificial life (in the form of an active
cell-like structure anyway) is likely within 10 years.

The hope is that combining nucleotides in the correct proportions and
environment would allow Darwinian evolution to
take over and relieve scientists of the design task (and
the consequences I suppose). This is being referred to as "made from
scratch" by some. Jack Szostak at Harvard Medical School states:
"We aren't smart enough to design things, we just let evolution do
the hard work and then we figure out what happened".
Steve Benner, Chemist at the Foundation
for Applied Molecular Evolution in Fl.,
is also working on this and his tactic is to create a new-and-improved
DNA by
adding additional bases. Benner address concerns by stating:
"But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could
this happen."

Source: http://www.netchain.com

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