‘Alien’ DNA created in the lab – This is REAL Genius


This is God. And now we are playing it. Because
we’ve just created completely alien DNA in the lab. We have changed – and then created
multiple times, the very building blocks of life. We’ve created something never seen in
nature. Our DNA as we know it is what makes all life
on Earth… Life. It’s divided into four distinct chemical units, called bases, which bind together
in different orders to create the code that makes up genes that makes up us. These bases
are called G, which binds to C, and A, which binds to T. That is, as far as we now, how
it’s always been. But now a team at the Scripps Research Institute
in California have added two new chamical bases to the mix. d5SICS and dNaM, also known
as X and Y, bind together and can be added to the genetic mix stably, in a way that means
the DNA can reproduce as a trinary, rather than binary grouping. The subject for their research was the infamous
e-coli bug. And the mutant they produced managed to multiply stably, with no rejection of the
new pairs and with perfect genetic functionality, for over a week. That’s because, at the moment,
the new code plays no part in the operation of the bug – it’s basically empty space. So what does it mean? Well the next step for
the team is to add functionality to the X and Y pairing. Functionality which could turn
a disease against itself. Functionality which could turn off cells in a cancerous state.
Which could encode literal computer data in our genetic code, which could reverse the
areing process. Which could produce complex medications and chemicals quickly and naturally
which are downright impossible to produce today. By playing God with DNA, we could make us
superhuman. Sounds like tabloid scaremongering? Maybe, but it’s pretty much true. Everything
that’s ever lived has the same four bases. We’ve just increased our capacity by a third. And in case you are wondering whether it’s
safe, the Scripps team ensured that the triple-base organisms couldn’t replicate without a constant
supply of the chemicals which make up all three pairs. Without them, the bacteria will
revert to its natural state. Which in the case of E. Coli, isn’t necessarily a good
thing. So probably best to keep it in the lab anyway.

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