In a deft act of genomic manipulation, researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute, in Rockville, MD, transplanted a bacterial genome into yeast, altered it, and then transplanted it back into a hollowed bacterial shell, producing a viable new microbe. The technique may provide a way to more easily genetically engineer organisms not commonly studied in the lab and could aid in the expanding effort to create microbes that can produce fugenome e
Image by jurvetson via Flickrngineering and opens new applications," says Jim Collins, a bioengineer at Boston University, who was not involved in the research. "I see this asels or clean up toxic chemicals. "This research enhances our capabilities in an important advance relevant to the bioenergy and biomaterials industries."
Is immortality just around the corner?
When people think of Nano Machines, they typically picture tiny cell-sized robots made of metal, plastics, etc. I think the reality is that the first truly useful Nano Machines are likely to be biologically engineered. It's pretty clear that this field of science is accelerating at a dramatic pace. What does it mean? I believe we're going to see stunning leaps in our ability to treat diseases, internal injuries, and other health problems in the next two to three decades.
For good or bad, practical immortality could be just around the corner. You're starting to hear terms like "escape velocity" applied to human longevity. The theory is that, at some point, the acceleration in medical science will exceed our current life spans. So, no matter how old you get, there will be new medical breakthroughs that will keep you alive a bit longer. I wonder what the quality of life will be on a planet with 15 or 20 billion people? Will this type of medical care be accessible to everyone or just the rich? Are we going to be hiring armies of bio-software engineers in the future?