Scientists Engineer E. Coli with Six DNA Base Pairs…

…instead of the four that exist in all of nature.

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    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      How those actors say those lines without completely losing it I do not know.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    I’m not inherently opposed to genetic engineering. But why are scientists fooling around with e coli bacteria? They should be working on making Tauntauns.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Didn’t these people watch Helix?

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    *shudder*

  • Rob B.

    “Lastly, it’s important to note that, for safety reasons, the unnatural DNA has a built-in safety mechanism; the modified E. coli can only survive if it’s fed certain chemicals required to replicate the DNA.”

    Soylent Green, anyone? :)

    • Dennis Mahon

      Actually, “Jurassic Park” is what comes to mind…

  • http://bayareachesterton.wordpress.com RedMeg1990

    See! This PROVES that the Catholic Church is ANTI-SCIENCE!!! PROVES IT!

  • kenofken

    It’s interesting, to say the least, but I suspect they only cleared the first of many hurdles. Adding a base pair to the alphabet and getting it to fit properly in the helix and replicate is one thing. It’s quite another to do something with it, like translation into proteins.