synthetic organs
Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms
E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed
By Ian Sample

Scientists in the US modified common E coli microbes to carry a beefed-up payload of genetic material which, they say, will ultimately allow them to program how the organisms operate and behave.

The work is aimed at making bugs that churn out new kinds of proteins which can be harvested and turned into drugs to treat a range of diseases. But the same technology could also lead to new kinds of materials, the researchers say.

In a report published on Monday, the scientists describe the modified microbes as a starting point for efforts to “create organisms with wholly unnatural attributes and traits not found elsewhere in nature.” The cells constitute a “stable form of semi-synthetic life” and “lay the foundation for achieving the central goal of synthetic biology: the creation of new life forms and functions,” they add.

Synthesizing Organs

By Hidetaka Suga, Yoshiki Sasai, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology

Although not typically grouped together in the same category, stem cell technologies share a major goal with synthetic biology: the fabrication of new organs. Early last year, Sasai and colleagues generated a retina in a 3D culture of embryonic stem cells (ESC), and now, they’ve “grown” a portion of a pituitary gland in a “dish.” The key to constructing a hormone-producing gland? Assembly two adjacent layers of epithelial sheets (i.e., ectoderm and neuroectoderm), and then a pituitary primordium, called the Rathke’s pouch, forms at their interface.

Image: (Left) The natural organ: Sagittal section of developing Rathke’s pouch (red) in the mouse embryo on E12. The pituitary primordium (i.e., the Rathke’s pouch) is labeled red with antibodies to Pitx1, while the hypothalamus is green via Rx antibodies. 
(Right) The engineered organ: Rathke’s pouches (green and white) self-formed in an ESC aggregate on culture day 13. Green, white, and red are derived from antibodies for Lim3, Pitx1, and Tuj1, respectively. Dapi stains nuclei blue in both images.

“What would happen if Lucio (whose music has reality-warping properties that can repair damage in both organic and synthetic systems) played a song and Symmetra (who creates physical objects out of light by dancing) danced to it” is a question Blizzard Entertainment doesn’t have good enough writers to answer

hey commander shepard so listen we know you basically got turned into human pudding when you fell from orbit and crashed into Alchera but we reinforced your skin and organs with synthetic weave (pls don’t tell thane) and have reconstructed your bones to be incredibly strong (pls don’t tell joker)

@komal-shepard great question thank you for asking! :)

she was created to replicate a human as closely as possible– she’s not just a metal-and-wires droid wrapped up in fake skin, she’s made of synthetic organic materials that require fuel in the form of other organics (food) so that she can blend in. she grows and ages. and she has a “heart of kyber”. the person who created her (her mother) was very advanced and used the force in the process

@unoraptormon liked for a starter from Kaiser

Kaiser was unlike many organics and synthetics in a number of ways. Having no qualms about entering a universe by dropping from the sky was likely one of them. The dark blue titan dropped like a stone, hitting the ground with quite a thud, kicking up dirt and dust. Its single, glowing optic turned this way and that behind its visor as it straightened up, scanning its surroundings.

It was a routine surveillance operation. Nothing difficult. It hefted its linear-motor-rifle for a moment, pausing as a noise came to its sensors. Its optic snapped to the source. A potential threat approaching perhaps? Either way something was coming towards it, and it readied itself for potential attack. 

Antimony and Grimble

Two very horrible, horrible people with one goal in common: to serve the Irken Empire. Doesn’t matter if they have to twist a few arms or debone some poor sobs in order to please the Tallests and further the progress of Impending Doom II. It’s all business and bloodshed, nothing more.

Antimony is the attack dog with the spider leg body mod provided to her by the scientist known as Wort, precisely hacking off limbs and committing all sorts of violent atrocities against organic and synthetic life forms with nary a twitch of an eyelid. The joke is that she only has two emotions: Calm and full of Rage. This has proven to be true about 100% of the time.

Grimble is the rather tall (but not quite tall enough to be a Tallest due to her somewhat abnormal spine curvature) head of Infiltrator operations and prefers to sit back and let Antimony and Ick do the dirty work and rarely gets involved in scuffles even though she is highly trained and would make short work of any worthy foe. She gets along decently with both Ick and Antimony, displaying a little more affinity to the latter rather than the former.

I am the creator of this artstuff. Like away at your heart’s desire but please don’t repost my art–instead reblog this original post. Thank you very much! <3

Quadrupling & quantifying Quantum speeds

Quantum trajectory quantifies quadrupling of synthetic line’s streamling pivoting time’s combustible rhymes squaring an comparing personalities to functionalities of actualites in reality.

Dexterity optimizes pivoting philosophies streamlines double designs quadrupling unique combinations of flexible rhymes.
Spinning spits speeds streaming philosophy theoretically forecasting aeronautical streamlines of Future’s greatest time.

Modern architectual rhymes.
Don’t Panic I’m organic with synthetic lines organic rhymes the flavor of my designs philosophize hypnotizes.

Mastermind commemorating my provocative life & time’s
Quality of cherished allowed to parrish without litigation just hesitation synchronizing devastation contemplation.

Spitting quantum speeds of philosophy at lighting speeds impedes Symphonies of orchestrated rhymes squaring an comparing the physics of time.

Mastermind Terrance Upham

Another Andromeda critical post.

I still can’t get the point of Andromeda Initiative. Actually, the whole idea of venturing to a galaxy billions of light years away seems like a wild goose chase to me. Why would the Council races shell out so much resources on an undertaking that is most likely to fail (99.9%)? Furthermore, the Milky Way Galaxy hardly has been explored by the 22th century. I know that Bioware just tried to elude the issue with ME3 endings (hell, it’s reallly daunting to make a sequel when Shepard’s choice, whether it was to destroy reapers or merge organics and synthetics with means of “space magic”, alters the entire galaxy) but there’d better be an in-game explanation.
Why organism engineering could be a foodie’s dream come true

Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology — a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and algae — a new generation of “organism engineers” has already started experimenting with the creation of new flavors and ingredients. In doing so, they have the potential to transform synthetic biology into a new creative platform to enable chefs, bakers or brewers to create new flavor profiles for food and drink.


 I believe the Synthesis ending to be the best one, because it brings harmony in a world full of discord. I get hated on for that belief, which just proves how warlike most of us are. We might not be separated into Organics and Synthetics, but we still fail to understand each other, and if we managed to eliminate that, we would all be much better people. If I could change the name of this ending, I would name it “Compassion”, because that is what this represents to me.

Will somebody please just write me a sci-fi/cyberpunk series where the extremely enhanced, half-mechanical bionic metahuman protagonist is an 87-year-old woman?

I mean, my grandmother’s heart is 85% artificial, she’s got metal plates in half a dozen places and a hip made entirely out of titanium–she’s already on the way there.  Why don’t we have a fully bionic elderly protagonist in our fiction by now?  A few synthetic organs, some organometallic enhancements to strengthen bones, and okay maybe now those bones can withstand two tons of pressure before snapping and that artificial eye can focus up to a mile away.

And there’s things to be done, sonny–some of those bad elements are after this kind of technology to use it for no good, and Gladys Gossner didn’t survive the Great Depression, a World War, and all six years of Nixon’s presidency just to go home and knit for her grandkids now.  She can knit just as well in the top-secret government agency car on the way to the next showdown, thank you very much.

Also, maybe that nice young intern will show her how to upload the super high-res photos her new eye laser camera can take to the Facebooks.