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Synthetic biology’s future

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 9th, 2012.

A symposium on the future of synthetic biology (PDF) — designing and building new life forms from the ground up — will take place in Sydney next week (13 Mar), as part of a large international conference. This rapidly emerging technology has potential applications in medicine, agriculture, industrial processes, renewable energy and food science and raises […]

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ODT: Ethics and ‘Dr God’

Peter Griffin posted in on May 27th, 2010.

An editorial in the Otago Daily Times looks at the announcement of the first fully functional synthetic genome,which was inserted into a host bacterium and successfully ‘booted up’ the cell. The breakthrough, correctly hailed as a great technical advance, has drawn both excitement and consternation as people consider the implications of the breakthrough. An excerpt: […]

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Dom Post: Synthetic cells could change the world, says Kiwi scientist

Peter Griffin posted in on May 24th, 2010.

Kiran Chug and Matt Callman write in the Dominion Post about the successful creation of a synthetic genome, announced last week in the journal Science. The announcement has sparked much comment and debate from scientists and members of the public, with some saying it could potentially change the world (positively), while others say the potential […]

NZ Herald: Synthetic life breakthrough met with awe and alarm

Peter Griffin posted in on May 24th, 2010.

With the news of the successful creation of a functioning synthetic genome, the New Zealand Herald sums up some of the opinions circulating regarding the news. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A bioethics blogger, Dr Art Caplan, asks the question: “What does it mean to be alive?”, saying oversight of such this sort of […]

Experts on Craig Venter’s synthetic biology breakthrough

Peter Griffin posted in on May 21st, 2010.

Scientists have for the first time created ‘synthetic cells’ that can survive and reproduce on their own. A team lead by Dr Craig Venter published their results in the journal Science today. Venter’s team set out to create a living cell based entirely on a computer-designed DNA sequence. They digitally designed a stripped-down genome for […]

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