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OfflineDavid_Scape
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"The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism"
    #1216788 - 01/14/03 07:37 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Expanding the Genetic Code: The World's First Truly Unnatural Organism

"From time immemorial, every living thing has shared the same basic set of building blocks -- 20 amino acids from which all proteins are made. That is, until now: A group of scientists say they have, for the first time, created an organism that can produce a 21st amino acid and incorporate it into proteins completely on its own. The research should help probe some of the central questions of evolutionary theory... "


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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1217584 - 01/14/03 11:56 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

I don't recall any specific need for additional amino acids.We seem to function well with the ones we have and this may change should a new genetic code meme become dominant using this amino acid :confused:WR


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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1217681 - 01/14/03 12:25 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Can't wait to hear the results of the experiments in evolution.

The anti-biotechnology people are gonna shit a brick.


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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1217997 - 01/14/03 02:06 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

I think this kind of stuff is cool as hell.


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1218006 - 01/14/03 02:09 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)



It's gonna eat us all.





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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1218037 - 01/14/03 02:18 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

WOAH! heheh this is getting very novel indeed.


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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1218258 - 01/14/03 04:05 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Sounds pretty cool to me  :smile: :smile:


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1218475 - 01/14/03 05:36 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

It proves nothing.


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: ]
    #1218597 - 01/14/03 06:13 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

LOL!
:grin: :grin: :grin: 


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1219535 - 01/15/03 01:38 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

E. Coli ?! One more contam to fight!
Just kidding, nice read.

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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: MAIA]
    #1219620 - 01/15/03 03:10 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

An interesting fact regarding E.coli.There is a new strain which lives and feeds in concentrated glyphosphate(Round-up herbicide)...............Does this organism need our help in mutating? Wonder what it will do in our gut when we eat them on round-up ready GMO's?.......WR


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Re: "The World?s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: David_Scape]
    #1219988 - 01/15/03 06:30 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

E. coli is notorious for its ability to quickly reproduce, which could conjure images of mutant bacteria running wild. "We crippled the organism's ability to biosynthesize leucine [one of the 20 essential amino acids] to avoid any risk that the organism could propagate outside a controlled lab setting," Anderson says. "Our unnatural organism will always live in the lab. We have no intention of putting it out in the wild or in commercial products where it could 'get out.'"

Chilling. Anyone see parallels with Jurassic Park?  :smirk: 


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: trendal]
    #1221524 - 01/15/03 02:54 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Wouldn't it be cool if nature found a way for this organism to reproduce at an incredibly fast-rate, and it suffocated the entire world? I'd be all like, "goddamn, this kind-of sucks."


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: Aaladorn]
    #1221538 - 01/15/03 02:58 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

That does'nt sound cool. :frown: 


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: Aaladorn]
    #1221594 - 01/15/03 03:30 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

This sounds cool and all, but I'm not too sure how productive a "super bacteria" will be...


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: Anonymous]
    #1221629 - 01/15/03 03:45 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

About as productive as posting random poorly-drawn images.



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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: Anonymous]
    #1221660 - 01/15/03 03:57 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

science trying to make God (nature) better? don't think i like where this is headed.


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Re: "The World’s First Truly Unnatural Organism" [Re: FatNug]
    #1222319 - 01/15/03 11:25 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

We are nature, we arent outside it. God works though us, no apart from us. There is no such thing as unnatural. Just things that people are comfortable with and things they aint. :grin:

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