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Is it life now?

The wires - including, um, linkurl:Wired;http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/biologists-on-t.html - are abuzz this week with talk of research by Jack Szostak, a Harvard researcher who is trying to create synthetic life. The attention stems from results he presented last week at an Origin of Life conference, as well as data he's published recently. Loyal readers will recall that linkurl:we wrote about;http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/1/1/30/1/ Szostak's work nearly two years ago,

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The wires - including, um, linkurl:Wired;http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/biologists-on-t.html - are abuzz this week with talk of research by Jack Szostak, a Harvard researcher who is trying to create synthetic life. The attention stems from results he presented last week at an Origin of Life conference, as well as data he's published recently. Loyal readers will recall that linkurl:we wrote about;http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/1/1/30/1/ Szostak's work nearly two years ago, then linkurl:profiled him;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53763/ in November of last year. Our coverage raised the same questions: Svostak aims to create incredibly simple forms of life that follow the basic principles of the cell, but when all is said and done, can we call these simple structures "life"?
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Life's Manifest\n\nRecapitulation of some earlier notes on\nThe Drive, Nature And Purpose Of Life: Scientific Comprehension\n\nhttp://www.the-scientist.com/community/posts/list/54.page\n\n\nA. Uniqueness Of science among human artifacts\n \nALL aspects of our culture are, of course, anthropoartifacts, including science. Yet among those artifacts science has a distinct uniqueness for us.\n\nDuring the recent several centuries in the course of human history humans have been developing science at an accelerating rate as a provider of convincing, ever closer approaching, approximate models of the real world.\n\n\nB. The drive and nature of life\n\nLife Genesis, formation of first genes, was a phenomenon of serendipitous occurrence, in a supportive environment, of 'favourably-directed' energy potential between in-coming sun's radiation polymerizing RNA-related oligomeric configuration.\n\nThe drive of life and of its evolution is to enhance the functionality and survivability of the genes, in order to maintain and enhance Earth-biosphere's temporary constrained energy storage and to maintain it BIO as long as possible.\n\nIt is the genes, life's prime strata organisms, that evolve, and the evolution of genomes, the 2nd stratum of life, and of the 3rd life stratum cellular organisms, is an interenhancing consequence of their genes' evolution.\n\n\nC. The nature of life\n\nEarth Life: 1. a format of temporarily constrained energy, retained in temporary constrained genetic energy packages in forms of genes, genomes and organisms 2. a real virtual affair that pops in and out of existence in its matrix, which is the energy constrained in Earth's biosphere.\n\nEarth organism: a temporary self-replicable constrained-energy genetic system that supports and maintains Earth's biosphere by maintenance of genes.\n\nGene: a primal Earth's organism. (1st stratum organism)\n\nGenome: a multigenes organism consisting of a cooperative commune of its member genes. (2nd stratum organism)\n\nCellular organisms: mono- or multi-celled earth organisms. (3rd stratum organism)\n\n\nD. Update of underlying life sciences conception is thus feasible \n\n- First were independent individual genes, Earth's primal organisms.\n\n- Genes aggregated cooperatively into genomes, multigenes organisms, with genomes' organs. \n\n- Simultaneously or consequently genomes evolved protective and functional membranes, organs.\n\n- Then followed cellular organisms, with a variety of outer-cell membrane shapes and \n functionalities. \n\nThis conception is a scientific, NOT TECHNOLOGICAL, life-science innovation.\n\nIt is tomorrow's comprehension of life and of its evolution.\n\nIT IS FRAUGHT WITH INTRIGUING DARWINIAN EVOLUTION IMPLICATIONS. \n\nIT IS FRAUGHT WITH INTRIGUING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS POTENTIALS.\n\n\nE. The purpose of OUR, human, life\n\nThe purpose of OUR life and its promotion is ours to formulate and set. It derives solely from our cognition.\n\n\nSuggesting,\n\nDov Henis\n\n http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-P81pQcU1dLBbHgtjQjxG_Q--?cq=1\n\n\n

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