Scientists Make Artificial Gene Code


geneScientists have successfully created an organism with an artificial genetic code for the first time. Instead of relying on the four nucleotides that are the building blocks of DNA, scientists at Scripps Research Institute were able to synthesize two new ones and insert them into bacterium E. coli., which then reproduced normally and replicated them.

With artificial nucleotides, there is the potential to make new proteins and building blocks of life. The breakthrough suggests new possibilities for medical research but also raises new concerns about man playing God. Read more at the New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. The RBSH said milu es haaretz vchibshuha. In my opinion he gave us the tools to use as we see fit. no problem with playing G-d, any more than building a house from wood, and changing its form.

    However, we may possibly have to worry about the issue of kilayim, if we interbreed certain life forms.

    At any rate, thanks to Matzav for bringing this to my attention.