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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Daily Quiz

March 20

1. What does Venter think Hamilton Smith's work on restriction enzymes laid the groundwork for?

2. Why do most scientists work with E. coli?

3. Why did Venter's team add "watermarks" to their synthetic genome?

4. How does Venter describe the "blue transplant" in the petri dish?

5. Paraphrase one of the "quotations from the literature" by which Venter marked the historic moment of creating the first synthetic life form.

6. What is the "paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers"?

7. What did the Presidential Bioethics Commission say about Venter's achievement?

FQ: What is one of the methods that bacterial cells use to protect their DNA from being cut by its own restriction enzymes?
(Methylation) p.114

FQ: A genetic mutation in which a nucleotide is inserted or deleted causing the sequence of amino acids to be misread is called _____?
(Frameshift mutation) p.121

FQ: T/F. Pansperima is a hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets and planetoids.
T. p.130

DQ: Now that you have read about what Ventor's research had really done, undoubtedly the research of enormous importance, can Ventor and his team claim that they have synthesized the ''first synthetic life''?

link: http://biologos.org/questions/complexity-of-life
Some thoughts about complexity of life on earth

1. genetic engineering-111. 2. "because they can"-115. 3. "to distinguish it from any naturally occurring species"-118. 4. "likely to be the first life form with a completely synthetic genome"-123.
5. [Joyce, Oppenheimer, Feynman=125]. 6. [127]. 7. [128].

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