Friday, 17 January 2014

Gabriel's Independent Learning Log

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

Article summary:
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.


  1. The ILL is fully completed and technical. And it is good for you to deal with you biotech AC.
    suggestion: you can list the point of what you learn.

  2. It's good that you have came up with a summary but try to limit the words that you have used as there is a word limit in the exams

  3. I am very appreciated that you give me so much accurate information about synthetic life. However, I think it will be of greater value if you can write something about the history of the research on synthetic life.