DailyDirt: Not-So-Spontaneous Generation Of Life...

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Abiogenesis is the study of how life can arise from non-living materials. So far, there have been very few examples of creating completely synthetic life forms, but plenty of people are working on it -- in hopes that we'll eventually learn about our own origins and/or the potential for extra-terrestrial life. Here are just a few interesting links on the topic of synthetic life. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2011 @ 5:46pm

    Life for the living

    "Life may be getting harder to define -- it's not just replication and evolution. Or biologists need to include more things as living pretty soon..."

    They should start with IP lawyers. You can't get anymore undead then that

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Aug 4th, 2011 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Life for the living

    an/or politicians

     

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    NullOp, Aug 4th, 2011 @ 8:52pm

    Life?

    How 'bout used car dealers?

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Aug 4th, 2011 @ 10:43pm

    Re: Life?

    them too

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Aug 4th, 2011 @ 10:43pm

    Re: Re: Life?

    clarification: in reference/addition to the first post

     

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    Pixelation, Aug 5th, 2011 @ 5:01am

    "Next stop on the dinosaur train: Jurassic Park! Keep your hands inside the car at all times... "

    Next they are going to create highly intelligent monkeys.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 5th, 2011 @ 10:08am

    Self-replicating anything...

    ... should be kept on a tight leash. "Hey, we just invented a new microbe that breaks down plastic! There's no way this can POSSIBLY be bad... hey, how come everyone's plastic is disintigrating after a week?"

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Aug 5th, 2011 @ 11:35am

    Re: Self-replicating anything...

    Thankfully, though, it seems that living things are generally highly-adapted for their specific environments -- so petroleum-eating microbes don't survive that well deep underground where most of the oil remains...

    not sure about plastic-eating microbes, but we should probably be more afraid of "green goo" than "grey goo"...

     

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