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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 09:04 PM
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First DNA Molecule Made Almost Entirely Of Artificial Parts
ScienceDaily (July 7, 2008) Chemists in Japan report development of the world's first DNA molecule made almost entirely of artificial parts. The finding could lead to improvements in gene therapy, futuristic nano-sized computers, and other high-tech advances, they say.

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The researchers used high-tech DNA synthesis equipment to stitch together four entirely new, artificial bases inside the sugar-based framework of a DNA molecule. This resulted in unusually stable, double-stranded structures resembling natural DNA.

Like natural DNA, the new structures were right-handed and some easily formed triple-stranded structures. The unique chemistry of these structures and their high stability offer unprecedented possibilities for developing new biotech materials and applications, the researchers say.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/0807070919...

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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 09:13 PM
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1. Once the borgs can do it themselves they'll get rid of us!!
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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 09:21 PM
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2. There may be more than one way to Darwin ourselves. n/t
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 10:29 PM
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3. I'm all for this research under one condition.
The lab should be wired with enough high explosives to vaporize everything within a hundred feet or so. 'Cause this sounds like the beginning of every bad sci-fi movie I can imagine.
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 10:58 PM
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4. Hahaha reminds me of the fifth element myself...
Edited on Tue Jul-08-08 10:58 PM by Indenturedebtor
What the world needs now?

Leeloo.

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 11:30 PM
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5. She really is... perfect.
Fun movie, although the ending is kind of trite.
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:02 AM
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6. Yeah the ending is kinda silly but how else do you convince her to save the world :P n/t
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