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Alien DNA could be "recreated" on earth

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October 6, 2013


Humans will be able to recreate alien life forms and print out organisms using the biological equivalent of a 3D printer in the future, a DNA pioneer has predicted.



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Claire Carter


"Dr Craig Venter, who helped map the human genome, created the world’s first synthetic lifeform, using chemicals and inserting DNA into the cell of a bacteria.

He believes scientists will soon be to do the same, designing basic organisms to include features useful in farming or medicine, as well as sending robots into space to read the sequence of alien life forms and replicate them back on Earth.

Writing in his latest book, Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life, he says: “In years to come it will be increasingly possible to create a wide variety of [synthetic] cells from computer-designed software.

The creation of cells from scratch will open up extraordinary possibilities.”

The scientist also predicts in the future machines will be able to analyse the make up of genomes and transmit this through the internet or even space, creating more possibilities in the search for alien life, the Sunday Times reported.


“The synthetic version of a Martian genome could then be used to recreate Martian life on Earth.”

Could someone please explain to me why would we want to create Martian life on earth? ??? anyone???





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If someone were to create Martian life on Earth and then send it to Mars, technically there would be life on Mars - at least until it would eventually succumb to the Martian environment.


Or, if Martian life could be recreated and studied in a laboratory, that might keep some scientist occupied and away from developing new ways to kill people - but maybe better ways to kill Martians.


Someone might want to create an interplanetary or intergalactic zoo, or maybe a theme park with funny, scary and alien attractions - The Gray Water Slide, or maybe a real Space Mountain.


Also, I think it is more convenient, and maybe even more comical to study the universe back on Earth.


But would an extraterrestrial life form artificially developed in a laboratory on Earth legally be an alien, or would it be an illegal alien?

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