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Nature seems very adept at making things (chemicals especially) that we humans want & does it very easily & efficiently.This may be asking the bloody obvious, but what makes Nature so bloomin' special!!!(especially in terms of lower energy needs to produce the same results as a chemist)
This is posted partially out of desperation as no-one responded to my previous post *humph* http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=14755.msg175766#msg175766
There seems something kind of poetic to think of nature blindly (or should I say unconsciously) creating a creature with language & reason that, after aeons evolve the capability to understand those very processes.
Quote from: peppercorn on 31/05/2008 12:37:19There seems something kind of poetic to think of nature blindly (or should I say unconsciously) creating a creature with language & reason that, after aeons evolve the capability to understand those very processes.When I said "nature has been working on the problem" I didn't intend to suggest teleology, (e.g. to create humans). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleological_argument
Could we, in time, make nano-structures that could carry out the sort of ion-transport as bacteria?Emulating bacterial ability to efficiently carry out common chemical reactions.
Genetically modified micro-organisms are already used to produce...Plastics http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071203120115.htmMedicines http://annualreport.novonordisk.com/how-we-perform/gene-technology.asp