Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Playing God? ITT Elephants the size of daschunds. And raptors.
ROCKVILLE, MDâ€”January 24, 2008â€”A team of 17 researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has created the largest man-made DNA structure by synthesizing and assembling the 582,970 base pair genome of a bacterium, Mycoplasma genitalium JCVI-1.0. This work, published online today in the journal Science by Dan Gibson, Ph.D., et al, is the second of three key steps toward the teamâ€™s goal of creating a fully synthetic organism. In the next step, which is ongoing at the JCVI, the team will attempt to create a living bacterial cell based entirely on the synthetically made genome.
Essentially what they've done is re-created, base pair by base pair, an existing viable genome. Combine this with the final step, add the ability to mix and match base pair genomes, and what we have is an end-to-end process of custom-making lifeforms from scratch.
Personally I think this is amazing news. Yes it has the potential to be dangerous, but the applications are almost endless. Biofuel anyone?
As for D&D, I'm mostly posting this to hopefully fuel the inner creative scientist and geek in you all. What life form would you create if you could? Some kind of biofuel would be my #1, I think. I'm struggling to think of other valuable possibilities, here...