We could soon be able to design cells or entire organisms using computer software and 3D printers, a scientist has claimed.
The cells could be used to create biofuels, combat global warming, develop new healthcare and medicines and even recreate alien lifeforms on earth, if alien DNA is ever found.
‘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,’ claimed Venter.
‘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.’
This could even be reversed, and if aliens pick up digital transmissions of human DNA they could recreate humans on their planet.
Scientists would then be able to manipulate and modify the DNA by adding certain features to create tailor-made microbes.
These advances in genome technology will form part of a ‘genetic revolution’, according to Venter, and ‘could give humanity crops resistant to drought and disease and artificial animals that could yield both food and drugs.’
The cells could also be used to increase intelligence, or even extend human life.
By designing the cells on a computer, they would become digitised, making it possible to send the sequencing around the world over the web.
Venter is seeking to patent the first lifeform created by humans, dubbed Mycoplasma laboratorium.
via Mail Online.