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Engineered cell engine is step to artificial life

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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 09:41 AM
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Engineered cell engine is step to artificial life


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists said they have taken an important step toward making an artificial life form by making a ribosome -- the cell's factory.

The ribosome makes the proteins that carry out key business for all forms of life. Messenger RNA carries DNA's genetic instructions to a cell's ribosome, which then cooks up the desired protein. Every living organism from bacteria to humans uses a ribosome, and they are all strikingly similar.

It is not quite artificial life, ...
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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 09:41 AM
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Is it just me or will artificial life pose us a direct danger much further down the road.

should we even be going down this path?

Are we trying to play God here by creating a living thing?

just think we would be better off trying to find ways to get the other 90% of our brains working first.

your thoughts here please.

peace& hope
SM

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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 10:29 AM
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Wow, they're finally making real organelles. It's scary, but there's no real way to call it. Could be good or bad at this point.



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