Artificial Life possible in the next decade

August 20, 2007

clipped from www.physorg.com

This undated photo provided by ProtoLife Srl.of Venice Italy shows vesicles artificial membranes for cells made from scratch. Teams around the world including ProtoLife are trying to create synthetic life from scratch and the first step many of them  ...
This undated photo provided by ProtoLife Srl.of Venice, Italy, shows vesicles, artificial membranes for cells, made from scratch. Teams around the world, including ProtoLife, are trying to create synthetic life from scratch, and the first step many of them are working on is making a container for the life form such as these vesicles. The large cell container (with little ones inside of it), shown in computer-created coloring, is about the thickness of a human hair.
Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they’re getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of “wet artificial life.”
three major hurdles to creating synthetic life:
membrane, for the cell to keep bad molecules out
genetic system that controls the functions of the cell
metabolism that extracts raw materials from the environment as food and then changes it into energy
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