DNA Synthesizer

Arnoud van den Heuvel
April 9th 2008

dna synthesizer

Playing God? – "We are not playing..."

After having seen this TED talk by Craig Venter, I came across a cynical yet clarifying comic (etcgroup.org) on his plans to build a new DNA synthesizer, an instrument that is basically about "printing" life. Manufactured DNA can be injected into a natural bacterial cell, where it substitutes part of the original genome. When that cell divides, one of both cells will contain the synthetic genome. Voilá: a new species is born.

dna synthesizer

Craig Venter is the first individual of whom the diploïd genome was published (here is a small video describing that project).

craig venter diploid dna

Related: How to Print an Organ | Dolly the cloned sheep | Brainbow Mice | DNA as Information Storage | Chromosome 11 flyover

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Arman
Posted 01/02/2011 – 09:06

This is absolutely unethical...oh man...these scientists are just getting so wicked by the days. We are animal loves, you fucking retards

Tony
Posted 04/08/2008 – 14:12

Now, that is scary. That is very, very scary!

systmh
Posted 12/04/2008 – 09:34

now that is cool. that is very, very cool.
nothing more to say at this juncture..

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Lisa Mandemaker: Using an artificial womb could lead to more equality between sexes, but also between different family layouts. If men would be able to give birth to children, it would maybe be easier for male same-sex couples to have a child together.

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