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Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have taken their first tentative steps towards creating 'life' from inorganic chemicals potentially defining the new area of 'inorganic biology'.
Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering, and his team have demonstrated a new way of making inorganic-chemical-cells or iCHELLS.
“What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology.”
The cells can be compartmentalised by creating internal membranes that control the passage of materials and energy through them, meaning several chemical processes can be isolated within the same cell – just like biological cells.
The researchers say the cells, which can also store electricity, could potentially be used in all sorts of applications in medicine, as sensors or to confine chemical reactions.
The research into creating ‘inorganic life’ is in its earliest stages, but Prof Cronin believes it is entirely feasible.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
So ... this is an inorganic organism? Scientists ought to speak english correctly in my veiw. This cell they have created, cannot be both an organism, and inorganic. If it is not an organism, its not life, nor even a baby step toward it.
Even if they make the cell out of silicone and mercury, if it comes out with functioning component analogues for the parts of a traditional cell, then it will automaticaly make any resultant bioform, organic. Its about how we define these terms.