Thursday, June 14, 2007

Creating and patenting life from scratch

Ethically and technologically polemic as it can be, artificial life is already being patented.
Particularly I was reading a post from MIT Technology Review talking about the Craig Venter team trying to build their own bug from scratch getting to a minimally sufficient set of genes that would provide the platform for micro-organisms with diverse functions.
These bio-nano-robots might drastically change medical and pharmaceutical industries among others. Something to keep on the watch ...

2 comments:

Enrique Almeida said...

En la ultima (Junio 2007) National Geographic (version en ingles) hay un articulito relacionado con esto, que me llamo la atencion. La gente del Salk Institute (http://www.salk.edu/) logro que a un pollo le creciera nuevamente un ala, despues de habersela amputado cuando era un embrion.
Dicen:
"By changing expression of a few genes, got the whole limb back - a beautiful and perfect wing."

Enrique

PD: Aceptas comentarios en espaƱol, verdad? :)

Cecilia Abadie said...

Very interesting!
We have to be prepared to see amazing things genetic-wise this half century.
Couple days ago a friend mentioned there was a succesfull research on converting skin cells into stem cells. Maybe he was referring to the same thing ...
Regarding the spanish, como dijera mi hermano, es lo que hay valor ;)