Has life been created in the lab?

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Has life been created in the lab?

Post by EmmVeePee » Sat Aug 20, 2005 6:26 am

I'm argueing with someone who states:

ctually, it has been done. Only a few days i was watching a documentary ont he subject. Basically an enclosed system with all the necessary nucleic acids and other elements needed mixed into a sphere (about half-way) with an atmosphere modeled after the appropriate time millions of years ago. Added electrical stimuli and it did indeed create living single celled organisms. It will take me a while to locate the names and dates of this experiment, but considering I just watched it, I am sure it did happen at least that once.


I have a feeling that hes confusing the textbook example of the synthesis of urea, an organic molecule. I think something this significant, I'd hear of.
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Post by Chris4 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:38 am

I don't think it has, yet. But its the next big step for many scientists after the human genome project:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/556984.stm
http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs200 ... e_life.asp
But all the news on this is from 2002 e.g.:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2499119.stm
So I don't know how much progress they have made. Apart from the technical difficulties there are some ethical issues here as well.
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Post by mith » Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:43 pm

Probably not, we would have heard by now if there was such a significant development.
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Post by victor » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:17 pm

Don't you think they hide it just like 'area 51' place? :lol:
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Post by mith » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:55 pm

They hide extra terrestrials there, I don't think this research is of national security for them to actuallly hide it there.

Plus, it might be a scientist not from america.
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Post by Betsy » Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:42 pm

It sounds like the person EmmVeePee mentioned is talking about the Miller-Urey experiment.

Anyway, it looks like Harverd is getting into the Origin of Life biz, by putting $1,000,000 a year into it.

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Post by EmmVeePee » Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:27 pm

Betsy wrote: the Miller-Urey experiment.


Thats what I was thinking, just forgot the name.

I think anyone can agree, this is quite a step away from creating life in a lab :).
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Post by iri_black » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:35 pm

I agree, it's the Miller-Urey experiment. :)
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I don't Think so

Post by MasterChief » Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:55 pm

[as far as i know] life has never been created in a lab. There have been some experiments done that model what is thought to be Earth's early atmosphere. BUT, they only produced the monomers: lipids, monosaccharide, nucleotides, amino acids, etc. aka Miller-Urey experiment

There was an experiment done by Dr. Sidney Fox in which he was able to create a microsphere/"protocell". He put amino acids in Earth's early environment and they grouped together and formed a working membrane. This membrane could, in turn, multiply and divide.

But as of right now life has never been created in the lab. This is what some say supports the pseudosience of Intelligent Design. :roll:

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