Christian Long

Craig Venter: DNA and the Sea

In TED Talks on May 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Reflection by KOLBY K.

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Craig Venter:  DNA and the Sea

DNA is something that is still very new in the scientific world. Scientist like Craig Venter are helping to improve our knowledge of DNA in organisms. Research and testing has been an ongoing proceed in which samples are being taken from the sea every two hundred miles. With the research scientist are begging to write the genetic code in synthetic cells.

What helps the scientist write the genetic code is microbes in which makes up half of the biomass on earth. To see the microbes the scientist use high powered microscopes. Just keep in mind when you go to the ocean and swallow a the water every milliliter has about ten million viruses. It was year only five thousand microbes have been characterized. IT turns out that there is more than one or two organisms that have the same pigments we have in our eyes. With their research through the Galapagos they are finding huge diversity every two hundred miles. Most of the diversity in the ocean is based o the region the organisms are located in. Which makes sense to me because it is like people and the languages we speak are different in different areas of the world. New experiments are being produced that involve the making of synthetic DNA. Some of the experiments use parts of DNA randomly inserted to other DNA. Also some include to completely break apart DNA with radiation and in twenty-four hours it was put back together. This is ground breaking research and don’t forget this is only the beginning.


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