Brace yourselves, for science has taken a step into a path from which there's no way back: a group of researchers at Yale and Harvard have rewritten the entire genetic code of a living organism for the first in history. Not only that, but they have made it resistant to sickness in the process, Physorg reports:
"This is the first time the genetic code has been fundamentally changed," said Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale and co-senior author of the research published Oct. 18 in the journal Science. "Creating an organism with a new genetic code has allowed us to expand the scope of biological function in a number of powerful ways."
According Physorg, this opens the possibility to a full retooling of nature to "create potent new forms of proteins to accomplish a myriad purposes—from combating disease to generating new classes of materials."
But of course, we know that this will not stop in modifying bacterium and proteins. As complete genetic maps for higher organisms get completed and computer processing power and storage increase, so will be the opportunity of modifying more complex beings. Clearly, we're headed to a world in which full genetic recoding of any plant or animal, including humans will be a possibility.