Artificial Life, Artificial Undeath

Posted by frankie23

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.

Well, it’s come down to this now. I mean, really, this is just not a good idea. We don’t really have much of a clue as to what we’re doing with genetics yet; as it is we’re basically monkeys fucking around in nature’s kitchen. Sure, we might manage to make some brownies, but it’s likely that those brownies will kill you. This is the beginning of the end, my friends. Next thing you know the dead will be rising from the earth, shopping for shoes and eating your skullfillings for a laugh. Zombies with fat asses, right next door. Think about that, won’t you?

I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer [Guardian Unlimited]

These brains cost $300 [YouTube, via Starchy]

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One Response to “Artificial Life, Artificial Undeath”

  1. Veleda Says:

    Frankie.
    Thank you for sharing the science info and the youtube video.

    One was important info that i somehow missed in my tonsilitis stupor…will have to wander over to the KursweilAI feed to to see what else i missed.

    The other well…is just priceless…