[NetBehaviour] Creating first synthetic life form

Simons, Patrick Patrick.Simons2 at falmouth.ac.uk
Fri Dec 23 13:07:28 CET 2005


Hi Clem

The bigger point is true, you are right, disposable politicians probably be less accountable and yes self replicating artificial life forms is scarey...

but isnt it ok to just spout bile and be ironic now and again:)

have an organic and peaceful holiday 

best wishes

patrick







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On 12/22/05, marc <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:
> Hi Patrick,
>
> If we go as far as disposable pets- perhaps we can draw a limit it to
> disposable politicians...

that's no solution.
if politicians were disposable, they would be even more irresponsible.
moreover, creating disposable bio organisms from scratch probably
means creating _reproductible_ organisms, which is kind of frightening
in the field of politics...
(see Philip K Dick's "Now wait for last year", although not so relevant)

> marc
>
> >Hopefully this will speed up my plan to produce a genetically modified puppy which will cease to be after the twelve days of christmas, a dog that is truly "not for life, a dog thats just for christmas"....
> >
> >The ultimate consumer toy.
> >
> >With car stickers and posters to match.
> >
> >In the shops next crimbo.
> >
> >patrick
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From:  netbehaviour-bounces at netbehaviour.org on behalf of marc
> >Sent:  Thu 12/22/2005 3:14 PM
> >To:    NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
> >Cc:
> >Subject:       [NetBehaviour] Creating first synthetic life form
> >
> >Creating first synthetic life form
> >
> >By CAROLYN ABRAHAM
> >
> >Work on the world's first human-made species is well under way at a
> >research complex in Rockville, Md., and scientists in Canada have been
> >quietly conducting experiments to help bring such a creature to life.
> >
> >Robert Holt, head of sequencing for the Genome Science Centre at the
> >University of British Columbia, is leading efforts at his Vancouver lab
> >to play a key role in the production of the first synthetic life form --
> >a microbe made from scratch.
> >
> >The project is being spearheaded by U.S. scientist Craig Venter, who
> >gained fame in his former job as head of Celera Genomics, which
> >completed a privately-owned map of the human genome in 2000.
> >
> >Dr. Venter, 59, has since shifted his focus from determining the
> >chemical sequences that encode life to trying to design and build it:
> >"We're going from reading to writing the genetic code," he said in an
> >interview.
> >
> >The work is an extreme example of a burgeoning new field in science
> >known as synthetic biology. It relies on advances in computer technology
> >that permit the easy assembly of the chemical bits, known as
> >nucleotides, that make up DNA.
> >
> >Several scientific groups are trying to make genes that do not exist in
> >nature, in hopes of constructing microbes that perform useful tasks,
> >such as producing industrial chemicals, clean energy or drugs. Dr.
> >Venter and his colleagues are pushing the technology to its limits by
> >trying to put together an entirely synthetic genome.
> >
> >"We have these genetic codes that we have been determining, so part of
> >the proof [that they encode an organism] is reproducing the chromosome
> >and seeing if it produces the same result," he said.
> >
> >more...
> >http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051219.wxlife19/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/
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