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Genetic Coding Revamp

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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 11:08 AM
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Genetic Coding Revamp


www.the-scientist.com

Scientists have developed a new genetic language …, enabling the construction of designer proteins containing a variety of unnatural elements…
…"It is brilliant," …"[It's] a whole new genetic code [that can be used to create] all sorts of different polymers… "
For years, scientists have been working (on) unnatural amino acids - structurally modified amino acids with different physicochemical and biological properties - into proteins.
..."It opens up an era of synthetic biology ..."
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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 11:08 AM
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I'm not a Luddite, not really. But this does scare me.

We don't understand life as it is, nor the biological basis of life - but we're set to create new life according to new biological principles?

We're just learning how life on earth interacts, and that its bits and parts are inter-dependent in ways previously inconceivable, and that they interact, and how they do.

Seems incredibly dangerous to add all new stuff to the mix...


Note: This thread kept pulling a "syntax error" - trying again here:

According to DNA, You're Half-Human, Half-Virus




www.the-scientist.com
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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 11:27 AM
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Did you really have to post this 4 times?

also... This is being discussed here:

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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 11:32 AM
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Originally posted by DaMod
Did you really have to post this 4 times?


No - got a "syntax error" note - didn't know anything went through. ...the other posts are blank, only the title went up. Already notified mods.




also... This is being discussed here:

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Thanks. Glad to hear it - searched, didn't find it. ...Anyway, this is the "Breaking News" Forum - and I do think this is important breaking news.




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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 12:25 PM
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Looks like scientists are trying to play God again. We don't even know enough about how life works to do this and we have enough problems in our world as it is - shouldn't we foucs on fixing those things first before playing with cloning and DNA?



posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 04:39 PM
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Originally posted by NightFlyer96
Looks like scientists are trying to play God again. We don't even know enough about how life works to do this and we have enough problems in our world as it is - shouldn't we foucs on fixing those things first before playing with cloning and DNA?



Good question.


And these guys are just so excited about synthetic biology...




..."It opens up an era of synthetic biology where we are truly making synthetic polymers," as opposed to just "tweaking and tinkering" with an existing protein.

…Tom Muir of The Rockefeller University, …agreed ... "This could open the floodgates to all manner of exciting applications."





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