December 19th, 2004


Request for Illegality

There was a Pixar Short 'Boundin' before the Incredibles. It was great fun and I'd _love_ to get a copy. Sadly the three copies I found on eMule all turned out to be porn (and I've never been so dissapointed by naked girls in my life). Anyone got a copy they can throw my way? It's bound to be out there _somewhere_.

I, for one, welcome our new artificial masters

Nothing really to add here - there's no real 'use' for this as yet, but it's another step along the way...

Researchers at Rockefeller University in the US have made the first tentative steps towards creating a form of artificial life.

Their creations, small synthetic vesicles that can process (express) genes, resemble a crude kind of biological cell.

This essence of life contains ready-made much of the biological machinery needed to make proteins; the researchers also added an enzyme from a virus to allow the vesicle to translate DNA code.

When they added genes, the cell fluid started to make proteins, just like a normal cell would.

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