More significantly, the scientists then mixed different RNA enzymes that had replicated, along with some of the raw material they were working with, and let them compete in what's sure to be the next big hit: "Survivor: Test Tube."It ain't quite life yet, but it's getting very, very close.
Remarkably, they bred.
And now and then, one of these survivors would screw up, binding with some other bit of raw material it hadn't been using. Hmm. That's exactly what life forms do ...
When these mutations occurred, "the resulting recombinant enzymes also were capable of sustained replication, with the most fit replicators growing in number to dominate the mixture," the scientists report.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Will this finally shut the Creationuts up???
Looks like scientists at the Scripps Research Institute are tantalizingly close to creating life in the lab. They've managed to get RNA molecules to self-replicate and