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11/15/2003 12:42 AM   
Scientists Create Virus Which Reproduces
Craig Venter and his research group have created an artificial virus in two weeks time and put it in a cell. The virus immediately started reproducing itself. The US Department of Energy helped pay for part of the study.  
Some hope that scientists could create viruses which clean up the environment. Others warn that creating viruses which do things like these is "playing God" and that could have bad consequences. And if viruses can be created, what about life forms?  
Ventner says scientists aren't close to creating life forms. His team replicated the genome of a bacteriophage which is a simple life form. Scientists see a day in the future where genomes can be created on a computer and then put to work.  
  Source: www.usatoday.com  
  Category: Hard News  
  Channel I: Science | Research | All  
  WebReporter: JFURY Show Calling Card  ChannelCop   
  another good read-more detailed link  
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3268259.stm  
  by: JFURY  ChannelCop   11/15/2003 05:27 AM     
  Ever watch tv shows?  
  One person, group or a mad scientist makes a whole bunch of lets say, robots :p And at first they're doing their work until they go out of control except in the TV shows there's always a super hero lol How about Venter's team make a super hero first before "playing god" ;p  
  by: VgManiac   11/15/2003 05:32 PM     
  Oh great...  
  If some mad scientist decides to do an experiment on bad viruses before long we'll have fatal viruses roaming around that reproduce faster than they can be killed.

Sounds fun... :P
 
  by: AgentX   11/15/2003 11:03 PM     
  Uh, yea  
  Seems like a good idea until the virus evolves and starts killing people.  
  by: Red_Aphex   11/16/2003 02:48 AM     
  All viruses do that....  
  By its very definition, a virus is any organism that replicates itself. Be it with the aid of a host or by themselves, they all posses the ability to replicate. This is nothing new.  
  by: Whiskers   11/16/2003 03:44 AM     
  I'll give humanity 10 years before oblivion  
  Perhaps a little alarmist, but if you're confident then you don't know something.
http://lifeboat.com/ Eek. I don't know about everyone else, but I dislike the idea of earth becoming a masssive grey blob because of self replicating nanotechnology.
 
  by: PoptartKing   11/16/2003 04:06 AM     
  @Whiskers  
  The key word here is "artificial." Yes viruses are nothing new but creating synthetic ones is very new.  
  by: JFURY  ChannelCop   11/16/2003 04:35 AM     
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