Synthetic Life

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Creating Synthetic Life premieres June 3 at 8 PM on Science Channel. World-renowned scientist Dr. J. Craig Venter announced on May 20 that he and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) became the first in history to synthetically create a living, self-replicating cell. The news holds groundbreaking potential for solutions to a host of global challenges, including generating new food sources, pharmaceuticals and vaccines; cleaning up pollution; creating new energy sources; producing clean water; and more. Science Channel is exclusively bringing viewers inside Dr. Venters pioneering quest to produce life synthetically in CREATING SYNTHETIC LIFE. Over the course of five years, only Science Channel cameras captured the failures, successes and breakthrough moments of Dr. Venter, Nobel Laureate Hamilton Smith, Dr. Clyde Hutchison and JCVI researchers as they meticulously sought to create a synthetic single-celled organism.

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29 comments

vivalaresistanc May 25, 2010 - 2:27 AM

I don't understand what thils synthetic life will do for me. Anyone care to explain?

stormy001 May 25, 2010 - 2:48 AM

It can be very beneficial but the destruction it can brings also mind boggling. Are we wise enough to handle this Sword of Damocles?

cerealk53 May 25, 2010 - 3:06 AM

I love science.

<3

toonyiesttoons May 25, 2010 - 3:43 AM

@stormy001 as long the scientists are not terrorists im fine

khrom May 25, 2010 - 4:22 AM

"This is technology that could literally save the planet" Yeah and it's also technology that could literally destroy the planet.

Fluffy Marmot May 25, 2010 - 4:40 AM

Awesome! We can't roll back the clock and undo all the environmental damage that technological advancements have caused, but technology can and must be part of the solution.

jsbach15 May 25, 2010 - 5:36 AM

Gotta watch this one!

wanton360 May 25, 2010 - 8:21 AM

Dude, that's actually scary, I mean soon, spiderman will live on the bottom floor of your apartment and bat man will be some hobo with a mask and a fancy belt. The new age is coming and ready or not, no one knows what the hell is going on.

swcnut May 25, 2010 - 9:32 AM

finally I can have a smaller penis cus the one i have right now is 18inch long and 20lb and makes me passout when i get an erection

navioner May 25, 2010 - 9:47 AM

so wen da synthetic life goes wrong are zombies ganna glomp us for our brains?

vivalaresistanc May 25, 2010 - 1:32 PM

So, in the future, could we say we could make a new life form to give us blow jobs? no?

ChaliceChugger May 26, 2010 - 4:32 AM

I think the most productive use of this, is to make it so we could survive the gravity differences on the moon, or even mars. Or possibly just underwater.

Omar June 4, 2010 - 5:20 AM

40 minutes! Soon I'll see it!!! w00t

Erik Berg June 5, 2010 - 10:20 AM

How much do you think it cost Venter to get this infomercial on the air? Definitely not Nova, more like a product launch press conference…

Tito June 8, 2010 - 4:22 AM

Anyone know where I can watch this? I missed it the other day.

Jón Sigurðsson November 27, 2010 - 1:19 AM

IT'S ALIVE!!!

Hootyhaha Hootyhaha January 25, 2011 - 1:15 PM

About a year ago on Discovey Science or Nat. Geo. there was a show like BRINK, Sci-Fi Science. There was a segment in the sow that talked about how making food in a computer or other object (just like in the jetsons) would be a possibility very soon because they did it. They made a very simple food pattie using a computer. They also made a very elementary mechanical object. Thy pulled out of this microwave looking box. And it was all programmed, the computer sythesized atoms in their place.

Lord of Mars June 13, 2011 - 11:27 AM

Man plays with fire-civilization
Man messes with crops-agriculture
Man captures animals-domestication
Man fools around with lightning-modern technology
Man messes with DNA-vaccinations
Man creates life-

We've always been messing with the world around us in ways that, at the time, seemed like it would be the end of man. Yet, the more we tweek our surroundings, the more benefits we get. I say let them make the cells and we'll see what happens.

Reno September 19, 2011 - 1:39 AM

@miniontemple this is the full version: (related videos)
/watch?v=JdGRITKYZTQ

although you might have seen it already.

Guy Lakeman January 2, 2012 - 8:04 AM

man messed with nuclear power … read the history of the early "unforeseen" mistakes – learning?
Research for the good of mankind or is it called greed and money ? From agriculture through industrialisation through nuclear it was money … and now genetics and nanotechnology … money ??? who is funding this ??? "the people" for "the people" ??? or the elite for the elite … "the people" certainly have had their money homes and possessions taken from them so its not them!

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