Sunday, October 7, 2007

Playing God...

It was about time someone came up with this during our lifetime. I wonder whether it will just stop there or we are about to witness the birth of new religions as well... of people worshipping those human life creating Semi-Gods... probably their own creatures would (at least if they eventually turn out to display some form of intelligence).

Read this article for more... here's a taste of what they do:

'Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.

The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes. It is certain to provoke heated debate about the ethics of creating new species and could unlock the door to new energy sources and techniques to combat global warming.

Mr Venter told the Guardian he thought this landmark would be "a very important philosophical step in the history of our species. We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before"...'

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