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They manufactured a new chromosome from artificial DNA in a test tube, then transferred it into an empty cell and watched it multiply – the very definition of being alive.
May 22, 2010
Scientists working together in Maryland and California have created the "first" artificial DNA which they injected into a live cell bacterium which then followed the new set of artificial genetic instructions, thus creating the "first" artificial living cell!
The scientists claim that this technology will be used to create new types of bacteria with all new functions that will help mankind--like eating oil spills etc.
However, we all know that this is not where it will stop. Just like genetically altered plants and animals, this newly created artificial DNA can be used for military purposes as well as for creating real BORGs in the world.
If they are releasing this info now, that is a sure sign that it has been around for decades and is way beyond what is revealed to the public.
Perhaps they can artificially create soldiers who can fly, breathe underwater and have laser hands. Maybe there are cows that can milk themselves. The possibilities are endless, when you play God. But, Mother Nature always fights back!
In 2001, Craig Venter made headlines for sequencing the human genome. In 2003, he started mapping the ocean's biodiversity. And now, in 2010, he's created the first synthetic lifeforms -- microorganisms that can produce alternative fuels.