posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 08:14 PM
Just to bump an old thread, appearing new again today:
On Oct 6, 2007, Craig Venter announced in an interview with UK's The Guardian newspaper that the same team had synthesized a modified version of
the single chromosome of Mycoplasma genitalium using chemicals. The chromosome was modified to eliminate all genes which tests in live bacteria had
shown to be unnecessary. The next planned step in this minimal genome project is to transplant the synthesized minimal genome into a bacterial cell
with its old DNA removed; the resulting bacterium will be called Mycoplasma laboratorium. The next day the Canadian bioethics group, ETC Group issued
a statement through their representative, Pat Mooney, saying Venter's "creation" was "a chassis on which you could build almost anything". The
synthesized genome had not yet been transplanted into a working cell.[b 1]
On May 21, 2010, Science reported that the Venter group had successfully synthesized the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides from a computer
record, and transplanted the synthesized genome into the existing cell of a Mycoplasma capricolum bacterium that had had its DNA removed. The
"synthetic" bacterium was viable, i.e. capable of replicating billions of times. The team had originally planned to use the M. genitalium bacterium
they had previously been working with, but switched to M. mycoides because the latter bacterium grows much faster, which translated into quicker
experiments.[b 8] They have also shown that the natural genome of M. mycoides can be transplanted but has yet to show that the same could be done for
M. genitalium.[b 9] Venter describes it as "the first species.... to have its parents be a computer". The transformed bacterium is dubbed
"Synthia" by ETC. A Venter spokesperson has declined to confirm any breakthrough at the time of this writing, likely because similar genetic
introduction techniques such as transfection, transformation, transduction and protofection have been a standard research practice for many years.
Now that the technique has been proven to work with the M. mycoides genome, the next project is presumably to go back to the minimized M. genitalium
and transplant it into a cell to create the previously mentioned Mycoplasma laboratorium.
Note that these methods have been a standard research practice for many years.
This likely means this kind of screwing around, so to speak,
has gone on for quite some time.
Lots of interesting information in this article: en.wikipedia.org...
What's so scary about what they've created is it seems to have characteristics of a bacterium, a parasite, and a Rickesettia type, which I believe,