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First Artificial Life Created at Craig Venter's Lab

Written By David D'Angelo on Monday, May 24, 2010 | 5/24/2010

A team of scientists led by Craig Venter had successfully created the first synthetic life form from scratched and incorporated it into a cell. The term synthetic means that it was a product of artificial creation rather than by natural processes.

The new life form was also dubbed as "Synthia" and was the product of 10 years of experiment, an estimated $40 million and cost and 20 scientists.

Despite the success religious and ethics group are condemning the recent discovery and work of the team of scientists. One of the greatest fear was the possibility of the new organism being a start into the possibility of creating a very powerful biological weapon that can wipe out millions of people. Other are just not cool with the idea of Venter playing God.

However, Craig Venter and his team dismiss the protests as nothing but superstition. Venter said that the new discovery will be of great benefit to humanity in achieving a more sustainable life in the future. The bacteria can pave the way for the creation of medicines, fuel and more.

"We were ecstatic when the cells booted up with all the watermarks in place," Dr Venter said with enthusiasm in a press conference. "It's a living species now, part of our planet's inventory of life," he added.

Te process was based on a new code based on the four letters of the genetic code which Venter's team developed. These codes are G, T, C and A. Through this new code they were able to draw the to draw on the hole alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks to write the watermarks. Anyone who cracks the code is invited to email an address written into the DNA.

Dr Venter's team developed a new code based on the four letters of the genetic code, G, T, C and A, that allowed them to draw on the whole alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks to write the watermarks. Anyone who cracks the code is invited to email an address written into the DNA.

As this news develops, the debate for artificial life will surely take a swift and sharp turn as both those who are in favor and against it intensifies their debates.



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