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Digital-to-Biological Converter printing | Skeptic Society Magazine
Biologist Craig Venter has previously built a brand-new species of bacteria through chemical synthesis. For now, we can’t literally print synthetic lifeforms, but we might be getting close since Craig has actually created a machine that can automatically synthesise DNA templates, RNA molecules, proteins and viral particles. This is all done on it’s own with no human intervention apart from sending the DNA sequence. This is pretty big news: printing the building blocks of life like ‘ink’ from a printer. Elon Musk has already teamed up with Venter in the hopes of printing synthetic life on Mars. The prototype was being worked on for years, but now the machine works in building some basics of life. Successfully constructing something larger like bacteria is being worked on, and who knows how far it can go in building life forms. First it was an idea that was part of science-fiction, now it’s becoming more of a science-reality. ‘Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars.’ Messages can be sent to …