Scientist creates first self-replicating synthetic life

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  1. Midnight

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    Holy crap! That's pretty incredible.
     
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    Absolutely amazing.
     
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    As you guys have already said,absolutely incredible and amazing!
     
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    The end is neigh.
     
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    That's not quite what they meant when they wrote about the "four horse-men of the apocalypse".

    This is pretty awesome, but its less indicative of our ability to create truly synthetic life, as it is a statement of our current abilities in gene manipulation and our understanding of genomes. These results were only achievable in that one "donor" cell species at this point, and were only possible because genetic synthesis techniques have advanced to the point they're at now in terms of cost, complexity, and speed.

    My question is going to be how sustainable these colonies are in terms of individual lifespans and mutations, and what amount of the synthetic genome is "active" in cell functions. Still, the technology in play here could mean more effective gene therapy for humans in the near future.
     
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    That's seriously awesome. Hopefully this can help me grow a new heart, which family history says I'm going to need in 20 years.
    [Leela and Hermes are at a concession stand at the track]
    Horse D'ourves Salesman: Get your piping hot horse burgers, horse fries, horse cakes and shakes. We got tongue, straight from the horse's mouth.
    Leela: Hmmmmm.
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    Leela: I'll have the cholesterol-free omelet with horse-beaters.
    Horse D'ourves Salesman: And you, sir? How can I horse you?
    Hermes Conrad: I'll have a horse Coke.
    Horse D'ourves Salesman: Horse Pepsi okay?
    Hermes Conrad: Neeeiiiggghh.
     
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    Why does this sound familiar, like Night of the Living Dead Familiar
     
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    Wow, that's awesome.
     
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    This is great, but also frightening at the same time.
     
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    Man, that's pretty awesome, right there.
     
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    That is pretty cool. Hopefully, they will be able to grow pieces of skin bigger than what we can already make for burn victims.
     
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    I find it hilarious, that there is a link to the movie spliced at the bottom of the article.
     
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    Now all we need is metal skin, and we're set for the zombie apocalypse!
     
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    Not just skin, maybe even regenerate limbs for people born without them or amputees? I don't know which one I find cooler, regerative limbs or cybernetic ones.

    Yay for science! :D 
     
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    I'm not going to go into details because it would violate board rules, but this is pretty obviously NOT the creation of life, since man can't do that.
     
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    Oh yeah "man" can create life. You see when a man loves a women, he gets to have these urges... :D 
    The Catohlic Chruch is already condemning it. It reminds me about Family Guy of what Stewie said to Brian about science and religion when they went to alternate dimensions; when Quagmire got AIDS there.
     
  18. Midnight

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    If religion fucks this up for the rest of us I will be teh sad.

    ;_;

    Anyway, I love that we're totally owning nature. Feels good to be on top.
     
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    If the robots or clones don't get us, the synthoids will! :wink: 

    On a serious note, this does lay the groundwork for some great medical applications as posted by some of the other members. Amazing stuff!
     
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    Shush! She'll hear you and send another hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, firestorm, or tornado!

    Or you know, an outbreak of one of those many diseases we can't do jack to cure yet.
     

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