The First Synthetic Organism: Our Victor Frankenstein moment?

Please do not miss one of the most interesting articles of the year.

TO THE BRINK

Remember where you were when you heard or read about this. It’s important. 

In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first complete computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell. A team used data from more than 900 scientific papers to account for every molecular interaction that takes place in the life cycle of Mycoplasma genitalium, the world’s smallest free-living bacterium.

Why is this a whole lot more than your run of the mill bioscience breakthrough?  Until now, knowing the ways and means of a bazillion sub-reactions and gears and wheels did not combine into a clear model of a whole organism. This is a true Frankenstein moment… in the best meaning of the term!  In that before, all we had were countless non-living pieces on the work bench.

Now… we know how to put them together.  Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

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