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Bacterial Genome Transplantation - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
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Bacterial Genome Transplantation
Holy smokes, this is huge.

ROCKVILLE, MD — June 28, 2007 — Researchers at the J.Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced the results of work ongenome transplantation methods allowing them to transform one type ofbacteria into another type dictated by the transplanted chromosome. Thework, published online in the journal Science, by JCVI’s Carole Lartigue, Ph.D. and colleagues, outlines the methods and techniques used to change one bacterial species, Mycoplasma capricolum into another, Mycoplasma mycoides Large Colony (LC), by replacing one organism’s genome with the other one’s genome.

Continued at: http://www.jcvi.org/press/news/news_2007_06_28.php

This is amazing. They changed one type of bacteria into another type, with the change being dictated by the transplanted chromosome. This means that development of synthetic organisms is close. Very close. Breathing-down-our-collective-necks close.

Holy smokes. This is so huge that it's probably going to fly under most people's radar.

I'm feeling all kinds of: shocked wow

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petermarcus From: petermarcus Date: June 29th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Yeah, I read that this morning and was fascinated. Did you notice Venter himself oversaw the project? He's the same guy who beat the government's Human Genome Project by doing it himself (or, at least, with his company).

Amazing guy. Somewhat of a jerk, I hear, but still an amazing guy.
phatpharmer From: phatpharmer Date: June 30th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (permalink)
cool. i grew up just down the street from rockville.
From: droid_1 Date: June 30th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC) (permalink)
Ligers are huge.

Likely, imho, this signals that we are near the end of civilization as we know it. These dumbbrains have absolutely no idea what the results of their gene-splicings are going to be, but they do it anyway. Yeah, eventually they might be able to figure it all out from doing this, but it's really like experimenting with nitric acid and glycerine. One of these days something ghastly is going to hatch out of their experiment which will kill most of us.

This is insane.

By the way, aren't organisms which begin with "myco" fungi?
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