The World’s First Synthetic Cell
Published: July 20, 2010


On Friday, May 21, 2010, an American biologist and Genetics pioneer and entrepreneur John Craig Venter announced that he and his team have created the first Synthetic Cell, an organism controlled by completely man-made DNA that can grow and reproduce Family Reunion… the latest step toward creating life from scratch. Venter believes that the creation of this first Synthetic Cell could eventually lead to new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water, faster vaccine production and more.

I believe that by using my postmodern Atomic theory as a basis for further research into the Atomic nature of cells this is exactly what’s going to happen in the near future. The creation of the cell was done by what is called “genetic engineering” Genetic engineering, also called “gene splicing”, is a way of changing the DNA of A cell. The change occurs when a DNA chain is temporarily opened up.

This done with certain enzymes. New genes are then added, or spliced, into the DNA. Cells are smallest unit of a living thing that can grow, reproduce, and die. Cells reproduce themselves by dividing into two new cells. When cells reproduce themselves, the organism grows. A human being is made up of millions of cells, but a human being starts out as a single cell. It is important to understand that atoms are the ultimate things from which nature forms, increases, and sustains all cells. They are the smallest particles of matter that can exist; the ultimate and smallest division of matter.

In other words, they are the basic building-blocks of life. They are infinitesimal particles, exceeding zero by less than any specified number; as close to zero as one pleases. Their gravitational interaction ultimately causes all the different phenomena in nature. They combine to form thoms, which are misnamed atoms in modern physics. Thoms combine to form molecules. Molecules combine to form cells. Cells combine to form tissue. Tissue combine to form organs. Organs combine to form the whole human body, or living system.

My postmodern Atomic theory shows that all substances are some type of arrangement and perpetual motion of eternal and indestructible atoms that possess such fundamental properties as size, shape, solidity, weight, motion, gravity, inertia, position, arrangement, and repellency. With this knowledge of their fundamental properties, computers can be used to discover how to engineer their movement to produce certain behavior. I call this method “Atomic engineering by computer.”

As explained in 1808 by the English chemist John Dalton (1766- 1844),

  1. All elements are made up of atoms.
  2. All atoms of a given element are identical.
  3. The atoms of a given element are different from those of any other element.
  4. Atoms of one element can combine with atoms of other elements to form compounds.
  5. Atoms are indivisible.

The Atomic theory is the only possible realistic explanation of change, multiplicity, and permanence of matter. It’s also the only realistic explanation of what things are made of, how they work, and why. To understand the theory, you must its three basic premises: (1.) Nothing can come from nothing. (2.) Change really occurs, and (3.) Motion requires a void.

It’s important to understand that every atom in the universe exists under the influence of Epicurus’s law of universal requirement for motion, which states that “Motion requires a void.”1 It also exists under the influence of his three laws of motion. His first law of motion states that “No material thing can be uplifted or travel upwards by its own power.”2 The second law states that “No material thing can move aslant in the void by its own power.”3 The third law states that “Every material thing has weight which forces it to fall straight down in the void”4 Wherever there’s motion, there a void.

Every atom in the universe also exists under Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation which states that “Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force that is directly proportional to the product of the masses of the particles and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.”5 It also exists under his three laws of motion. His first law states that “Bodies at rest remain rest, and bodies in motion remain in motion with the same velocity, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”6 The second law states that “The acceleration of a body increases with increased force and decreases with increased mass.”7 The third law states that “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”8

With the above understanding of Epicurus’s and Newton’s laws of motion, we will be able to make sure that our physics is consistent with reality, which consists of solid atoms moving in the void, the pure empty space that separates them.


References:

  1. Lucretius (c.98-55 BC), On the Nature of Things, Book 1.334.
  2. Ibid., Book 2.246.
  3. Ibid., Book 2.184.
  4. Ibid., Book 2.186.
  5. Newton, Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), Book I.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.