The research is progressing rapidly on the creation of artificial life forms with the properties of biological life, including replication and the ability to eat.
At the XV International Conference on the origin of life, held in Florence on 24/29 August 2008, a team led by Dr. Jack Szostak of Harvard Medical School, presented the prototype with proto cellules the equivalent of genetic information allowing them to reproduce. These include fatty acid molecules that can bind with pieces of nucleic acids containing the source code for replication. to capture solar energy or use energy from chemical reactions, they can form a self-replicator self-evolving, not look at the current earthly life, could simulate the forms of earthly life in its infancy, or that it could exist on other planets.
The model shown in Florence is still not fully autonomous, but represents the form of artificial life using chemical compounds the most comprehensive to date. However, we must go further and reconstruct the conditions of primitive Darwinian evolution by creating the selective forces applied to a large number of sequences able to arbitrarily change on the way of random mutations. This process once started will be particularly interesting because researchers can not by definition predict a priori forms which will lead.x This will create a new form of life that humans have ever seen and that has perhaps never existed (except on other planets?). Continue reading