Synthetic Somatology

The discovery of DNA led to a great interest into the building block of life, especially human life, and this is why genome research is popular with many scientists. Cloning is one of the more major and controversial discoveries in this field with many opposing the process. Cloning which involves producing or creating either a cell of an organism or an entire organism has been the subject of many genome research studies. Human cloning in particular is picking up despite numerous objections from religions, politicians and the general public. This is mainly due to the fact that many find it immoral and ethically incorrect to create a being with identical features and characters to an extant being.

However, recent studies, in particular the work of Dr. Edward Darmos and Gemini Somatics are revealing that human cloning isn’t necessary and instead a process called synthetic somatology is a better solution to provide us with artificially grown humans designed for specific tasks. Although many think that synthetic somatology is a form of human cloning, Gemini Somatics insist that at no stage has the process been used to create exact copies of extant individuals. In addition, Dr Darmos makes it clear that at no point are fetal or embryonic stem cells used in the research into synthetic somatology. The stem cells used in this process are pluripotent cells. These are cells taken from adult humans and are capable of both replication into further stem cells and replication into other cellular types.

Dr Darmos is said to have developed the concept of synthetic somatology while conducting a thought experiment in which he considered the difficulties involved in establishing remote colonies on potentially habitable planets and moons such as the recently discovered earth like planet Gliese. This is because the distance between the earth and these planets is enormous and travel would take light years at very high speeds which might not be conducive for humans. However, robots can be sent to these planets with the technologies needed to create the synthetic humans which could be remotely set up and the process of synthetic somatology carried out.

Synthetic somatology follows the following stages. First, gene samples are taken from several thousand people and genetic defects filtered out from them. The remaining building blocks are then used to construct artificial genomes. To grow a human to full adulthood, the genomes are introduced to blank pluripotent stem cells and fed into a matrix of collagen micro carriers held in large bio-reactors. These bio-reactors contain suitable nutrients and conditions for rapid growth of a human body which in time would be ready for life once it’s activated with some form of electrical bursts. It is such electric bursts in smaller more focused outputs that promote the growth of muscles and also prevent the withering of tissues.

Finally these fully grown humans are immediately upon activation implanted with memories and personal traits recorded from the donor’s brain waves to produce an actual functioning adult and not an overgrown infant.

Synthetic somatology is a very new field both to scientist and the general public but is attracting less opposition compared to cloning with the main area of contention being the fact that these people will be denied the chance to experience childhood.