[Paleopsych] re: bacterial engineering and our future in space
shovland at mindspring.com
Sat Nov 26 14:52:45 UTC 2005
Some people think our DNA came here from space
encapsulated in bacteria...
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Subject: [Paleopsych] re: bacterial engineering and our future in space
Joel--The article you sent, the one below, is not only amazing. It dovetails with a piece of poetry I wrote as a treatment for a short film in 2001.
As usual, the poem was inspired immensely by my interchanges with Eshel. Take a look:
Could swarms of robo-microbes
Made by humans and biology
The techno teams
That come from dreams
The wet dreams of technology
Could cyborg microbes by the trillions
Launched as space communities
Explore the dark beyond our skies
Thrive on starlight, climb and dive
through wormholes and through nebulae?
Could they re-landscape Einstein’s space
And tame time with phrenology?
Could they ride herd
on mass stampedes
of x-rays and raw energy
corralling flares spat by black holes
at the cores of galaxies?
Could genes retooled
In swarms of cells
Become our new conquistadors?
Could they explore
And synapse reports
To our brains?
From global thinking
Could we go
To cosmos-hopping megaminds
One small step for E. coli
A giant step for human kind?
Retrieved November 25, 2005, from the World Wide Web http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/24/national/24film.html?adxnnl=1&emc=eta1&adxnnlx=1132979630-umqKos8HcAa3U8FsuKGPrQ&pagewanted=print -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 24, 2005 Live From the Lab, a Culture Worth a Thousand Words By ANDREW POLLACK Your portrait in a petri dish? Scientists have created living photographs made of bacteria, genetically engineering the microbes so that a thin sheet of them growing in a dish can capture and display an image. Bacteria are not about to replace conventional photography because it takes at least two hours to produce a single image. But the feat shows the potential of an emerging field called synthetic biology, which involves designing living cellular machines much as electrical engineers might design a circuit. "We're actually applying principles from engineering into designing cells," said Christopher A. Voigt, assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a leader of the photography project, which is described in a paper being published today in the journal Nature. One team of synthetic biologists is already trying to engineer bacteria to produce a malaria drug that is now derived from a tree and is in short supply. And J. Craig Venter, who led one team that unraveled the human DNA sequence, has said he now wants to synthesize microbes to produce hydrogen for energy. The technology could also be used to create new pathogens or synthesize known ones. So far, however, most synthetic biology accomplishments have been like the bacterial film - somewhat bizarre demonstrations of things that can easily be done with electronics. Synthetic biologists have, for instance, made the biological equivalent of an oscillator, getting cells to blink on and off. To make the bacterial film, common E. coli bacteria were given genes that cause a black pigment to be produced only when the bacteria are in the dark. The camera, developed at the University of Texas, Austin, is a temperature-controlled box in which bacteria grow, with a hole in the top to let in light. An image on a black-and-white 35-millimeter slide is projected through the hole onto a sheet of the microbes. Dark parts of the slide block the light from hitting the bacteria, turning those parts of the sheet black. The parts exposed to light remain the yellowish color of the growth medium. The result is a permanent, somewhat eerie, black-and-yellowish picture.
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