I would like to see more proof of their existance as well, a single blog does not make this article true and correct. I would like to see real proof of the exsistance and use of these microbes, and of all uses of it, not just the gulf disaster. And the people who are sick, where are they? Are they not mad enough to come out and show themselves?
The work to create the first synthetic bacterial cell was not easy, and took this team approximately 15 years to complete. Along the way they had to develop new tools and techniques to construct large segments of genetic code, and learn how to transplant genomes to convert one species to another. The 1.08 million base pair synthetic M. mycoides genome is the largest chemically defined structure ever synthesized in the laboratory
Originally posted by space cadet
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Can anyone here show pictures of what the lesions look like?
BP and their paid minions have released a synthetic biological plague in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s out of control. The entire world is a victim of their greed and foolishness. By playing the role of creator, they have begun a very dangerous game with infinite repercussions for life as we know it
Dr. Gibson stated, “To produce a synthetic cell, our group had to learn how to sequence, synthesize, and transplant genomes. Many hurdles had to be overcome, but we are now able to combine all of these steps to produce synthetic cells in the laboratory.” He added, “We can now begin working on our ultimate objective of synthesizing a minimal cell containing only the genes necessary to sustain life in its simplest form. This will help us better understand how cells work.”
I would point that finger at Synthetic Genomics Inc, not at BP. As an oil producer, I would think that they are always trying to come up with methods that are faster and more effecient, not just keep doing it the same old way day after day. But a company that makes a product that is as dangerous to toy with as this article states over and over and over, the company again being Synthetic Genomics Inc, not BP, this company should be held liable if there are any damages.
All of the funding for this came from Synthetic Genomics Inc (1), the company BP has a sizable equity position and alliance with. BP is definitely way beyond petroleum just as their new slogan publicizes.
"With the growing impact of climate change, increased global demand for energy, and the potential for environmental impact issues surrounding the drilling for oil and mining for coal, it is clear that new technologies are needed in these areas," said Ari Patrinos, SGI President. "Synthetic genomics research from JCVI and the applied science at SGI have the potential to address these issues."
SGI's alliance with Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) group to create algal biofuels is one example of the important programs at SGI that could benefit from the new tools and technological advances of the synthetic genomics research. This program, announced in July 2009, is a long term research and development alliance focused on finding and optimizing (through synthetic genome techniques and other more traditional metabolic engineering techniques) algae to produce biological crude oil replacements efficiently.
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics (SGI) have opened a new greenhouse facility at SGI headquarters in La Jolla, CA enabling the next level of research and testing in their algae biofuels program announced last July. (Earlier post.)
Craig Venter and rival genetic engineers are shaking up science--and venture investing--with plans for man-made organisms designed to pump out fuel and clean up waste.
By Bob Drummond Bloomberg Markets February 2008
High on a wall facing celebrity gene researcher Craig Venter's desk, there's a poster-size photo of unique colonies of bacteria that look like two luminescent sky-blue blobs. Venter's researchers made the microbes in his lab northwest of Washington by transplanting the entire genetic code of one species of bacteria into the cellular body of another type. Like horror-movie zombies, the intruder genes switched on and took control of their hosts.
Groundbreaking in its own right, the genome transplant was a practice run for Venter's more audacious project: creating a new life form--in this case, a species of built-to-order bacteria--using only man-made DNA.
Designer organisms, and the potential to profit from them, are sparking excitement--and debate--among scientists and venture capital investors. Researchers in an emerging field called synthetic biology envision microbes customized with artificial genes to enable them to turn sunlight into fuel, clean up industrial waste or monitor patients for the first signs of disease. Already, scientists are producing strings of man-made DNA, short for deoxyribonucleic acid, which directs the functions of all living cells. Then they splice the manufactured DNA into the genes of existing organisms, reprogramming bacteria to act like microscopic factories churning out biofuels. Venter's experiments are taking synthetic biology a step further by working to build new organisms from the ground up with wholly artificial genes.
Originally posted by space cadet
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that article doesn't prove anything at all. Sorry. The legs pictured look like the legs of a staph infected meth user. The 'lesions' do not look anything different than impetigo or staph. I meant actual proof, pictures of many people and their 'lesions', not one woman's legs and a guess that it could be caused by microbs that are eating oil.
For the first time, an organism whose genetic code was created on a computer is multiplying in a lab, researchers reported on the website of the journal Science.
Friends of the Earth immediately issued a press release saying this creation “jeopardizes ecosystems and human health.” ETC Group, a technology watch dog, said the organism, which it’s dubbed Synthia, will “cause a whole new set of problems governments and society are ill-prepared to address” and called for a global moratorium on the technology.
Don’t panic, or get caught in the circle of hype that will be created as these critics clash with gauzy eyed scientists. There’s plenty of time for society to figure out what to do with this new technology, which, while a technical tour-de-force, is less stunning than it sounds.
Genomics researcher Craig Venter just announced that he and a team at his eponymous institute have created a genetic code synthetically and inserted it into a bacterium called Mycoplasma capricolum. By replacing this DNA, they change the bacteria into another species, called Mycoplasma mycoides.