Forget life on Mars, we could soon design and 'print' alien cells on EARTH, claims scientist


- Theory suggested by J. Craig Venter who helped map the human genome - Venter claims scientists could soon design cells using computer software - This data could then be digitized, sent over the web and 3D printed - The synthetic cells could be modified to use as biofuels or in medicine - Venter claims technology could be used to recreate alien lifeforms on earth 'The day is not far off when we will be able to send a robotically controlled genome sequencing unit to other planets to read the DNA sequence of any alien microbe life that may be there,' claimed Venter. 'If we can beam them back to Earth we should be able to reconstruct their genomes. The synthetic version of a Martian genome could then be used to recreate Martian life on Earth.' This could even be reversed, and if aliens pick up digital transmissions of human DNA they could recreate humans on their planet. Talking to The Sunday Times, Venter claims the synthetic cells could be designed using specifically designed software. Scientists would then be able to manipulate and modify the DNA by adding certain features to create tailor-made microbes. These advances in genome technology will form part of a 'genetic revolution', according to Venter, and 'could give humanity crops resistant to drought and disease and artificial animals that could yield both food and drugs.' The cells could also be used to increase intelligence, or even extend human life. By designing the cells on a computer, they would become digitised, making it possible to send the sequencing around the world over the web. Venter is seeking to patent the first lifeform created by humans, dubbed Mycoplasma laboratorium.