Scientists take first step towards creating ‘inorganic life’
September 18, 2011 Leave a comment
ScienceDaily brings us a “new way” of making inorganic-chemical-cells; in the future, researchers envision self-replicating, evolving cells made from inorganic chemicals, analogous to organic cells.
Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have taken their first tentative steps towards creating ‘life’ from inorganic chemicals potentially defining the new area of ‘inorganic biology’.
Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering, and his team have demonstrated a new way of making inorganic-chemical-cells or iCHELLs.
Prof Cronin said: “All life on earth is based on organic biology (i.e. carbon in the form of amino acids, nucleotides, and sugars, etc.) but the inorganic world is considered to be inanimate.
“What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology.”
Evolving inorganic microorganisms, eh? Sounds like the stuff of sci-fi horror 😉