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Synthetic DNA

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:14 am
by Pandora
Scientists are attempting to modify life by adding artificial nucleotides to DNA. ... bfbe4ad072

Floyd Romesberg on his research:

The artificial strings of DNA do not encode for anything yet, but scientists speculate they could be designed to manufacture new proteins which could have industrial or pharmaceutical uses. Experts said the synthetic DNA incorporating the unnatural base pair raises the possibility of life forms based on a different DNA code. ... _.28UBP.29

I wonder how long before the "self-limiting" function of such organisms is no longer true.

Re: Synthetic DNA

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:06 am
by James S Saint
If it can be done, Man is dumb enough to do it.

And they have been modifying DNA in animals since the 1950's (using radiation), although not nearly so precisely.