Re-Creating Alien Lifeform here on Earth

by Rachel Baker on October 7, 2013

Dr. Craig Venter, the creator of the world’s first synthetic lifeform, believes scientists can do the same thing in farming and medicine. He also believes we will be able to do the same thing with alien lifeform.

He wrote: “The day is not far off when we will be able to send a robotically controlled genome sequencing unit to other planets to read the DNA sequence of any alien microbe life that may be there. If we can . . . beam them back to Earth we should be able to reconstruct their genomes.

“The synthetic version of a Martian genome could then be used to recreate Martian life on Earth.”

In 2010 Dr Venter and his team made a new chromosome from artificial DNA in a test tube, transferring it to an empty cell where it multiplied – the definition of being alive.

The multi-millionaire pioneer in genetics compared his work with making a computer at the time, referring to the artificial DNA as the software.

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