Date: 17 Jan 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
What I did: I was surfing the internet when I came across this interesting topic, synthetic life. So I am going to write about it.
Words that I learned:
- Genome, it is the complete set of genes found in an organism.
- Paramount, Exceptionally important
- Tantalise, Excite the desires of someone
For 15 years scientist have been tackling the problem with creating synthetic life. Finally, they managed it. The way they did it was to import synthetically created DNA into a cell that has been emptied of it genome. Once the new DNA 'booted up' you have a new synthetic living cell. The problem is, accuracy is extremely important. If you get something wrong, the new DNA would fail to activate the host cell. This makes it very hard to create synthetic cells. Nevertheless, this technology can prove to be very useful due to its flexibility, and as technology progresses, who knows what the future might hold.