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#4
Has huge possibilities to be honest... there's no end to what this could be used for. Both good and bad I reckon.
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#5
I can see this being an amazing benefit to everyone.
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#6
Quote by sashki
Awesome. Next step: Synthetic meat.
Meanwhile: religious arguments about the sanctity of synthetic life.


If synthetic meat will ever exist, I will kill you and eat you. Seriously.


Also, I am interested, not too bad!
#7
First off, that's damn impressive.

Second: no cell membrane? I didn't even think shit could survive like that.
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#8
holy shit, we have created life. This could change biology forever
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#9
cool, maybe that'll lead to new limbs for people missing arms and legs and such
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#12
Quote by severed-metal
If synthetic meat will ever exist, I will kill you and eat you. Seriously.

Also, I am interested, not too bad!

Why is it my fault?

We always hear about overpopulation and costly, both in a financial and environmental sense, it is to breed animals for meat. Particularly cows. I would imagine that synthetic meat would exist in the future.
Aside from that, the technology could be used to grow organs and body parts for transplants, using DNA directly from the patient to ensure a perfect match.

No reason to eat me.
#13
The head researchers' last name is Gibson.

They should name it "The Gibson Cell", and then we have two awesome things in this universe with the name "Gibson" on it.
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#14
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The head researchers' last name is Gibson.

They should name it "The Gibson Cell", and then we have two awesome things in this universe with the name "Gibson" on it.

Mel and the Cell.
#15
Quote by sashki
Why is it my fault?

We always hear about overpopulation and costly, both in a financial and environmental sense, it is to breed animals for meat. Particularly cows. I would imagine that synthetic meat would exist in the future.
Aside from that, the technology could be used to grow organs and body parts for transplants, using DNA directly from the patient to ensure a perfect match.

No reason to eat me.


By then you'll be dead anyways, what will you care if I eat your or not?
#16
Quote by sashki
Awesome. Next step: Synthetic meat.
Meanwhile: religious arguments about the sanctity of synthetic life.


not sure if you were joking or w/e but synthetic meat is actually a big thing they are trying to make. the goal is to have a meat that is safe (so no chance of BSE, avian flu blah blah) and to be able to mass produce it to satisfy the demand of the human population. if that happens then that will be a huge win for everyone, literally everyone. vegetarians need not worry about meat etc. and yea..everyone can be fed.

This is great stuff. science kicks so much ass
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#17
^^^This man speaks the truth

next step in nano technology

I find this really cool since thats the area I want to get into

Edit: Read the entire article and thats just amazing. Finally a cool thread. Good job TS
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#18
"Prepare for unforseen consequences"

Not that the breakthrough isn't awesome, I'm just keepin' a crowbar nearby is all I'm sayin'.
#19
This is probably going to be remembered as one of the most important breakthroughs in science ever. This is absolutely incredible. Wonder if they'll get nobel prizes?
#20
the only obvious downside to this is the possible overextension of life on an already overpopulated planet. aside from that, sounds sweet, maybe in 15 -20 years they'll have something useful.
#21
Quote by severed-metal
By then you'll be dead anyways, what will you care if I eat your or not?

If you somehow manage to outlive me, you'll get sick from eating my rotting corpse. Why not have some Walmart brand Synthetic Meat® instead?

I still fail to see the link between the invention of synthetic meat, and the necessity of you eating me.
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#24
I'm cell-shocked.
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#25
Quote by sashki
If you somehow manage to outlive me, you'll get sick from eating my rotting corpse. Why not have some Walmart brand Synthetic Meat® instead?

I still fail to see the link between the invention of synthetic meat, and the necessity of you eating me.

It is always necessary to eat you. Accept it.

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#26
A very impressive acheivement, however it's just a copy (albeit with slight alterations/additions) to an already existing genome. The next step has to be the construction of a completely new genome, with genes that have been created from scratch and designed to serve a purpose, rather than the approach of 'well it still works if you take this off, lets do that' as you would if you were trying to make a car a few kilos lighter or something. Or even better completely redefining life and not even using DNA as the genetic code.
It is interesting that despite this being a completely synthetic creation nature still had its way with this organism, with the insertion of an E. coli transposon to the genome of the synthesised organism at some time it was being cloned.
Don't get me wrong though, i am not undermining this feat at all, it's a magnificent feat of biology, i just lookforward to the next step

Many congratulations to J. Craig Venter

A Nobel prize for you perhaps?
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#27
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holy shit, we have created life. This could change biology forever

They didn't create life, they manipulated it
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#28
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A Nobel prize for you perhaps?

No, I think Obama is working on his second one. We need to give it to someone who really deserves it!

Edit: Joke fail
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#29
Quote by sashki
If you somehow manage to outlive me, you'll get sick from eating my rotting corpse. Why not have some Walmart brand Synthetic Meat® instead?

I still fail to see the link between the invention of synthetic meat, and the necessity of you eating me.


You wouldn't understand even if I did tell you the connection. So what? I'm going to eat you.

It's not that big of a deal.
#30
Quote by leaping badger

Many congratulations to J. Craig Venter

A Nobel prize for you perhaps?

nope, that's for presidents who do nothing
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#31
Quote by colt34
No, I think Obama is working on his second one. We need to give it to someone who really deserves it! not this guy.


wut

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#32
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nope, that's for presidents who do nothing

haha I beat you to that one
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#34
[quote="'-LeG[A"]cY-']wut
Thats the joke. He Doesn't deserve it
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#35
Good. Natural prisons just don't keep people in very well.
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#36
There goes the religious argument that we can't even create a simple cell.
#38
Quote by leaping badger
A very impressive acheivement, however it's just a copy (albeit with slight alterations/additions) to an already existing genome. The next step has to be the construction of a completely new genome, with genes that have been created from scratch and designed to serve a purpose, rather than the approach of 'well it still works if you take this off, lets do that' as you would if you were trying to make a car a few kilos lighter or something. Or even better completely redefining life and not even using DNA as the genetic code.
It is interesting that despite this being a completely synthetic creation nature still had its way with this organism, with the insertion of an E. coli transposon to the genome of the synthesised organism at some time it was being cloned.
Don't get me wrong though, i am not undermining this feat at all, it's a magnificent feat of biology, i just lookforward to the next step

Many congratulations to J. Craig Venter

A Nobel prize for you perhaps?

There's no Nobel Prize for biology, unfortunately. I guess he could win the one for physiology/medicine, though.
#39
Quote by colt34
haha I beat you to that one

yeah, i noticed...at least there's 2 sane people on UG...lol jk
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#40
Quote by colt34
They didn't create life, they manipulated it


The big thing is that we didn't just just whip a sequence in or out of a bacterial plasmid and hope it didn't die, they literally manipulated DNA on a computer, had it synthesised and put it inside a clean, unspecialised cell and then it came to life.
Kind of a big deal and closer to creating life than we've ever been.
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