Synthetic Evolution. Artificial Cells, Custom-Designed Organisms, New Forms of Life.

It didn′t evolve, and there was nothing natural about its selection.

The bacteria in Daniel Gibson’s lab at the J. Craig Venter Institute was the first self-multiplying, living creature with a completely artificial genome, a step far beyond the simple cloning that touched off the age of genetic engineering.


The breakthrough to develop completely novel genomes, and not just chunks of DNA, was named one of MIT Technology Review’s top ten emerging technologies of 2011.

Researchers now can look to create new animals.

We are beginning to build, to construct life at our wish.

It’l be a time of living toys. A living doll.
A dog with human face. Ape that can speak human language.

Although the research is significant, it is still very early. Custom-designed organisms are a genetic promised land, but researchers are still years away from creating organisms engineered for a specific task.

A major push over the next five years will be to build the platforms that allow genetic programming and pathways to put together systems of dozens of circuits and hundreds of genes,”


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