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Comment Re:frightening (Score 1) 216

On the contrary, I think it's to the poster's credit that he is asking Slashdot. Despite a lot of noise, this community is more tapped in than most. If you don't think so, then why do you read it? On nearly every article, there is an insightful comment -- I read Slashdot as much for the comments as the links and summaries.

Besides, posting here is one more way of finding emerging tech, and that's his job. I would criticize him if he DIDN'T consider asking Slashdot or any other similar forum.

Submission + - Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years (yahoo.com)

valdean writes: Microscopic artificial protocells, made from the basic chemicals in DNA, could be developed within the next decade. Once the protocell is made, 'if scientists add nucleotides in the right proportions, then Darwinian evolution could simply take over' — potentially creating entirely new organisms. Scientists even imagine expanding the four DNA bases (A,C,G,T) to twelve. But don't welcome our artificial cell overlords just yet. According to one scientist, 'When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab. But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen.'

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