NAS – Genetically Engineered Organisms, Wildlife, and Habitat: A Workshop Summary

The National Academy of Sciences Press announced a (pre-publication) downloadable book entitled “Genetically Engineered Organisms, Wildlife, and Habitat: A Workshop Summary” [1]. Being the result of a workshop, the content is both brief and choppy; however, it provides an interesting summation of the state of the science of GEOs (genetically … Continue reading

Did life begin between the sheets…of mica?

From ScienceDaily: ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2007) – Life may have begun in the protected spaces inside of layers of the mineral mica, in ancient oceans, according to a new hypothesis. The hypothesis was developed by Helen Hansma, a research scientist with the University of California, Santa Barbara and a program … Continue reading

“Artificial life” postponed for 3-10 years

Instead of being mere months away from creating a synthetic organism, yesterday’s AP news article predicts creation of a synthetic organism occuring in a more comfortably distant 3-10 years. Two aspects of the article caught my attention. From the article: Szostak is also optimistic about the next step – getting nucleotides, the building blocks … Continue reading