According to MailOnline:
Scientists today lined up to air their fears over a genome pioneer’s claims that he has created artificial life in the laboratory.
In a world first, which has alarmed many, maverick biologist and billionaire entrepreneur Craig Venter, built a synthetic cell from scratch.
The creation of the new life form, which has been nicknamed ‘Synthia’, paves the way for customised bugs that could revolutionise healthcare and fuel production, according to its maker.
But there are fears that the research, detailed in the journal Science, could be abused to create the ultimate biological weapon, or that one mistake in a lab could lead to millions being wiped out by a plague, in scenes reminiscent of the Will Smith film I Am Legend.
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Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.
Back in May 2010 (Important note at 17:18 of this video is the usage for Gulf Oil Spill)
Now in Dec 10, 2010
“Synthia” the (theoretical) human-made synthetic microbe
According to CNN News:
Bacteria scooped from the wreckage of the Titanic almost 20 years ago have been confirmed as a new species in the December issue of a microbiology journal.
While new scientific discoveries are usually heralded as joyous news, this discovery is bittersweet.
The bacteria, found on the ship’s “rusticles” (rust formations that look like icicles), are eating the Titanic.
However, I am not sure if the new “species” that is currently munching at the titanic is actually related to the “Synthetic” life created by Craig Venter & his team of biologist & scientist.
The prospect of having a brand new synthetic life forms in the new vaccines in the future does disturb me a little but unless they can 100% sure that those vaccines don’t mutate us into some kind of alien & keep disease away from us…maybe it may be a good thing.
However, if the new vaccines does harm to human which may need a few decades to know the side effects…we may face some kind of horror extinction level event if the whole generation are vaccinated directly or indirectly in our (synthetic) food.
The most crazy things may be such new life forms may form a brand new human + alien mutation in the future making a brand new human race…hmm maybe the aliens time travelers human from the future that came back to current generation of human to “reverse” engineer current pure human (un-mutated) samples and cross breed themselves back to “normal”.
Well, the worst of the worst is mismanagement of this technology & let it falls into the wrong hands to create programmable killer life forms to eliminate a certain “types” of life form or cause great destruction if it eats things like “metal”.