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Originally posted by Sonoluminescence
Originally posted by pedroroach
We really need to stop all this messing around with nature.
Sounds sort of like when they were breading african bee's with european bee's and they got out and formed killer bee's. That should have been the first and last lesson about messing with nature.
BULL $*@! That's just a racist scare tactic made up by a bunch of overt bigots.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by Solomons
I'm extremely pro-Science, but there is a limit. Science is not always so good at asking the question, if I can do a thing, should I?
Of course it's highly unlikely anything bad will come of this, but? They are Scientists not Prescient.
If we can develop a designer disease as a weapon should we? Well they did it and for what they considered good cause. I think you are narrowing the scope of this conversation to fit your bias perhaps.
Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) is the use of micro-organisms to retrieve additional petroleum production from an oil reservoir. Micro-organisms are introduced into oil wells to produce by-products which help propel oil out of the well. Because these processes help to mobilize the oil and assist oil flow, they allow a greater amount to be recovered from the well. (2)
In 2003, JCVI successfully synthesized a small virus that infects bacteria. By 2008, the JCVI team was able to synthesize a small bacterial genome. On May 6, 2010, JCVI revealed they had already created a self-replicating bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome they named “synthetic Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0”. (7) This completely synthetic cell with its computer designed genome has absolutely no natural DNA. (1) The etc group from Canada named it Synthia and it contains added watermark chains to identify the genome as artificial. It also has antibiotic resistance indicators. (7) One can only speculate why this artificial bacterium has an inherent programmed capability to resist antibiotics.
This new life form has the ability to replicate itself and organically function in any cell into which it has been introduced. Its DNA is artificial and it’s this synthetic DNA that takes control of the cell and is credited with being the building block of life. This is the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell thanks to its computer generated DNA. 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.
...In the end, they don't know what the mechanism is, which is unsettling. ...
...complex systems have many, unanticipated, untapped, perhaps purposefully cryptic phenotypic states, and these phenotypic states can be accessed by something as simple as the expression of a random protein. If this is true for something as basic as biosynthetic pathways, might it also be true for other aspects of metabolism, such as pathogenesis or immune escape? Is it possible to change the state of what would otherwise be a non-pathogen to become a pathogen solely by randomly expressing some information? ...
...the real danger may lie in the inadvertent activation of cryptic states, including perhaps pathogenesis or immune evasion. When we 'hot wire' an organism, we may end up with a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts.