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    Default Scientists engineer their own organism.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/sci..._campaign=cnni


    A step beyond simply creating novel traits, scientists have basically worked some copypasta with DNA to make an entirely new species of bacteria. By cutting and splicing genetic sequences any which way to Sunday scientists are thinking they will soon be able to make a whole menagerie of single celled organisms to do seemingly impossible tasks.
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    Yeah that way we can make a virus that kills cancer for us. Just ask "I am legend" it seems to work out well.

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    When I first read the title I saw, "Scientists engineer their own orgasm." and thought, "Hell, I've been doing that for years."

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    We've been doing that for ages, though. They engineered bacteria to produce insulin. It was in one of my biology text books.

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    Yeah but that was just splicing in plasmids. This is constructing an entirely novel DNA strand, removing the DNA from a bacteria, and plopping the new stuff in. The whole creature changes into w/e was coded on the DNA.
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    What else would happen?

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    that

    or super germs, biological warfare improvements

    germs that target certain ethnicities...

    eventually super warriors

    thats where I see this going. Improved humans. Improved ways to kill humans.

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    Improved ways to kill improved humans?

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    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THESE FUCKING SCIENTISTS SOME FUCKING GIRLFRIENDS BEFORE THEY FUCKING KILL US ALL!?


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    Eh, we're all gonna die eventually anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nidogod View Post
    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THESE FUCKING SCIENTISTS SOME FUCKING GIRLFRIENDS BEFORE THEY FUCKING KILL US ALL!?
    Because listening to a woman bitch about her day over dinner > Discovering the fascinating intricacies of nature and applying them for the betterment of mankind
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeenageAngst View Post
    Because listening to a woman bitch about her day over dinner > Discovering the fascinating intricacies of nature and applying them for the betterment of mankind/killing us all
    Fixed.

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    I'd still rather potentially cause a catastrophe than listen to a woman on the rag.
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    I tend to disagree. Understanding the intricacies involved in nature isn't a bad thing because everything they remove in the magical aspect is more than made up for in the amazing intricacy that genuinely makes up the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin View Post
    itt religious folk rage and insult the article in the comments
    ITT = In This Thread.

    That's a newspage, not a thread.

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    The only thing Venter's work has clearly demonstrated is the public's complete lack of knowledge in even basic science.
    That man deserves a high five.
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    The bacteria they're hoping to develop in the near future is one that can produce energy by extracting hydrogen from the air or something. I'm no scientist, so excuse me if I just made an outlandishly incorrect assumption.
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    Kind of like photosynthesis but with different components?

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    No, it will take in CO2 like normal plants and put out hydrocarbon fuels. Plants break CO2 and H2O down into hydrogen and oxygen ions during the normal process of photosynthesis and put out O2 and H2O. Interestingly the O2 comes from the water molecules and the H2O gets it's oxygen from the CO2 molecules. What they could engineer is an algae that instead of producing O2 and H2O would produce hydrocarbon fuels. Or perhaps they could get it to produce the fuel in place of glucose.
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    So kind of like photosynthesis but with different end products.

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    Is it a safe bet that we practically just proved god's inexistence by creating life out of inanimate material?
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    All that means is that God isn't necessary.

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    No since there is no total proof that life can make its self from inanimate material. Infact since we (a sentaint creature) where able to create life it actually prooves God's existance even more.

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    How?

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