Thursday, 27 May 2010

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein! bacteria that is..

A new form of life has been created in a laboratory, and the era of synthetic biology is dawning as reported in The Economist

Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith have published in May 20th,issue of Science, how they had created a living creature. It isn't as impressive as generating life from a primordial soup (which would be really really big news) but its cutting edge nonetheless. To take a page from Frankenstein, they used parts of 'dead' organisms and instead of lightning they used synthesized DNA

 update: Genomeweb's news article

Why Craig Venter Isn't Actually God | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb

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