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June 01, 2010

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As I understand it, Venter's team altered the genome not merely by addition, but also by deletion, eliminating 14 genes from the full genome, making it quite new and different from the original species, and thus a good candidate as a new species, as you say. It still produces proteins found in M. mycoides but not all of them.

This is an engineered life form, and I have no dispute with patenting it as a whole, by the way, if it had a use other than as a proof of concept, that is.

best,
David

What will be the main function of the cells?

This is really a breakthrough for the future development of synthetic biology. This development can be useful in developing health products. Now we have entered into the era of developing new species. We might call ourselves masters of the earth and life now, but power comes with responsibility. We need to learn how to use powers. That's what we lack today.

can cell completetly syenthetic. how error can be effectevily removed in dna

HAS NOBODY HERE SEEN ANY SCI FI IN THE LAST 30 YEARS? STOP THIS MAD SCIENTIST BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

lol

Dear. Doctor Venter,

I've always having a vision toward biotechnology, that some day some thing big would be discovered. It is exciting to know about your genome project” synthetic DNA" and your creation of hybrid living cell from an artificial DNA that your team and you have created. I can't wait to see your new invention that you planned to create next. I hope your next work would event be exciting as the first one.

Best regards,
Woodypecker!

I find this development fascinating -- in part because in the future, biotech companies could potentially find a way around the "naturally occurring" limitations on patenting organisms by creating synthetic versions of the organisms, instead. This could have far-reaching effects on patent law in general, the Myriad case in particular, and many other biotech issues ... not to mention bioethics, the future of humankind, etc.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/25/patent-reform-misses-the-mark/

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