Jun 28, 2017 | Updated: 09:10 PM EDT

New Process Allows Us to Teleport Life Anywhere

Jun 19, 2017 06:29 PM EDT

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A new manufacturing process has been developed that one day may allow us to send life to distant planets, bring living things to earth from extra-terrestrial worlds, change the way we fight viruses, alter our entire approach to biological research, modify our approach to global epidemics, and revolutionize how we manage life on earth.

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The process has been tested, and it works.

Called biologic teleportation, the process is accomplished by a new manufacturing device, the digital-to-biological converter (DBC). It is the brainchild of Synthetic Genomics from La Jolla, California, headed by biological superstar J. Craig Venter.

Digital-to-biological converter for on-demand production of biologics a report in Nature Biotechnology, describes the tests as follows: A biological material, such as a sequence of DNA, is coded at one end of the manufacturing line,sent over the Internet, read by a machine at other end and, using biological chemicals, recreates the biological item that was sent -- without humans ever being present.

In other words, a scientist can send the DNA or RNA sequence of a virus over the Internet as a digital code. When it gets to the DBC, the code is read and the machine makes the virus. Life (or in this case a virus) is transported and reconstructed via digital information. The entire process happens with no human intervention.

The concept of biologic transportation has been promoted by Venter for a few years. The development of a working apparatus, however, shows that the underlying principles of transporting life via is genetic codes is not only possible but works. Recently Venter has been joined in promoting the astounding possibilities of this concept by Elon Musk.

The report describes the DBC and the process in detail, and it discusses how Bowles, Kannan and the team sequenced a part of a Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), sent over the Internet to a DBC, automatically made the VEEV, which was effective when placed inside a cell.

A few years ago, Venter suggested this scenario: We send a rover to a planet. The rover digs up a scoop of dirt, processes it to find any DNA, then digitizes the DNA. A signal containing the DNA sequence is sent back to earth to a DBC. The DBC then uses the signal to create the life form on earth. And vice versa. Put simply, life is transported from one planet to another.

Venter has been careful to be sure we don't think this is a "Beam me up, Scotty" scenario. But now that the process has been described and tested, the future seems a lot closer than before.

 

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