Oh Goody

So scientists created an artificial virus. Great. How long will it be before artificial
biological weapons are developed. Don’t pretend the Pentagon wouldn’t be interested
in that. *sigh*

Scientists
create a virus that reproduces

By Elizabeth Weise

“It is the stuff of science fiction and bioethical debates: The creation of
artificial life. Up until now, it’s largely been just that. But an important technical bridge towards the creation of such life was crossed Thursday when genomics pioneer Craig Venter announced that his research group created
an artificial virus based on a real one in just two weeks’ time. When researchers created a synthetic genome (genetic map) of the virus and implanted it into a cell, the virus became ‘biologically active,’ meaning it went
to work reproducing itself.”