One step closer to abiogenesis and playing "god": Researchers create protocell in the lab.
Essentially, researchers have created an artificially lipid cell way, placed DNA inside it, and watched it reproduce.
This is thought to be an essential step in the evolution of the cell. We've long known that lipids form cell like spheres in water due to their hydrophillic/phobic dual nature. What wasn't obvious is why or how such a protected bit of environment could serve as a nursery for self-replicating molecules like DNA, or how the material to replicate would get inside that membrane.
Now we've demonstrated exactly that.
Not only does this work have obvious implications in genetic and evolutionary biology fields, but it is a major step in our ability to understand and developed genetically engineered organisms.
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