Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rewriting genetic code of living cells and could humanity ever relate to an alien species?

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Long-term simulations show that close encounters between the minor planets Ceres and Vesta could affect the Earth's orbit. See article.
g Life - Researchers have developed technologies that could be used to rewrite the genetic code of living cells. This could enable cells to build proteins not found in nature, or bacteria that are resistant to viral infection. See article.
g Aftermath - Could humanity ever relate to an alien species? Consider the questioning context of these online speculations about why "Star Trek is human centered?" The latter is an interesting question, possibly creating a situation dealing with a prejudice on the behalf of the writers and producers. However, would a series completely dedicated to another species, such as the Romulans, be successful in a television market? Is it possible that the reasons it wouldn’t be might indicate humanity might care little about an alien species other than as a potential threat? See article.

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