It’s in our DNA. That’s a big statement.
For life to build itself up, it needs structure which comes from the elements, carbon, oxygen, calcium, everything that we find in stars. But to take all that building material, and turn it into a living, breathing life form, well you’re gonna need instructions.
A, T, C, & G. Every living thing we know of has a set of four letter instructions encoded into it’s DNA, that defines their properties, everything from what species they are, to what skin, eye, or hair colour it’s host will have.
We just had a huge success in building synthetic organisms. The latest last week when US scientists redesigned E coli bacteria. Nothing dangerous. I mean, if going to expect success, don’t go creating a T-Rex, right off the bat.
The new designer life forms are longer, and grow slower than the God made ones, but are nevertheless alive, as far as we can tell.
We are getting better at creating synths faster, and cheaper. Yes, I know, it’s just a bug right now. But when you think about it, we’ve just designed DNA for an Artificial Life Form.
Can we redesign our own naturally selected DNA, and improve the human condition?