【人为设计婴儿即将成为现实?】

【人为设计婴儿即将成为现实?】近日,科学家们公布,未来五年他们将在实验室里培育人工合成DNA。去年,超过100名科学家参加了一个秘密会议,讨论获取并建构人类多达六十亿个的遗传密码“字母”。同时下周,研究人员将再次召开会议,宣布将1亿美元(7700万英镑)投入到人为创造生命DNA的重大实验中。http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4466122/Synthetic-human-DNA-created-just-FIVE-years.html

A step closer to designer babies? Scientists will create synthetic human DNA in just FIVE years

  • International group of scientists seek $100m to help them create synthetic DNA
  • They plan to start by recreating the DNA of plants and then move on to humans
  • Creating artificial DNA involves synthesising all six billion 'letters' of our genome
  • It could lead to organs for transplant and developing immunity to viruses
  • But it may heighten public concerns over a fast-track to 'designer babies'

Synthetic human DNA will be grown in the lab in as little as five years, according to a new announcement.

Last year, more than 100 scientists attended a secretive meeting to discuss an ambitious project to recreate the six billion 'letters' that make up our unique genetic code.

Next week the researchers will meet again and announce a $100 million (£77 million) plan to artificially create life's building blocks, it was revealed today.

But the news is likely to refuel concerns over the creation of 'designer babies'.

Synthetic human DNA will be grown in the lab in as little as five years, according to a new announcement (stock image depicting DNA double helix)

Jef Boeke, director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University, today told of the plans to create artificial human DNA in four to five years.

They plan to start by recreating the DNA of plants and microbes and then move on to humans.

'We have a four- to five-year period where there can be plenty of time for debate about the wisdom of that, whether resources should be put in that direction [creating artifcal human DNA] or in another,' he told CNBC.

'Whenever it's human, everyone has an opinion and wants their voice to be heard.

'We want to hear what people have to say.'

His project follows on from the Human Genome Project (HGP), the research that let scientists sequence and 'read' all of the letters that make up a human's genetic code.

This complete set of genetic information is known as the genome.

The new project is known as the Human Genome Project-write (HGP-write).

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A step closer to designer babies? Scientists will create synthetic human DNA in just FIVE years

 


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