#1 - Posted: 14/08/2008 07:48
Forgive my lack of formal education (G.E.D.) please, but when reading my siblings college biology and chemistry books I remember reading that Amonia, under certain temperatures and pressures has very similar properties to water. Elsewhere I read of another element besides Carbon having 4 electrons in its outer shell (Or was it similar properties to C due to the configuration of electrons in its outer shell?) which could enable it to act as C does. At any rate this got me thinking of divising a lab experiment that takes Amonia under the right conditions and uses other elements to begin to build a mirror of the building blocks of living cells on earth. We would take the DNA chain for example and create something to effect the same function it has in living cells. Likewise, the cell walls, ribosomes, RNA, mRNA, etc, etc. and create all the building blocks, Stable and functional in this soup of Amonia, with the ultimate goal of creating a living, Growing, Self replicating, functional cell, that is not based on life on earth. Of course this experiment would take more than a lifetime to complete but I've often thought how the process itself might teach us reams alone; not to mention if success were ever achieved. Also, we would not have to worry about this artificial life ever taking over the earth seeing as it could not survive under conditions conducive to life here now. Anyway, as I have not made it to college as hoped, it would be nice to see this attempted one day.