A cell has a complex system that isn’t easy to replicate. With all the organelles and various reactions, some would call it impossible to duplicate a cell organelle. Chemists have been trying to figure out a way to replicate a cell to further understand the origin of life. Scientists at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) at Radboud University Nijmegen have accomplished this task by creating a plastic cell with a functioning organelle. Using droplets of solutions similar to cytoplasm and filling tiny spheres with chemical, scientists at IMM have created a replica of the cell. The search doesn’t stop here. In the future, chemists want to extend their knowledge by being able to control the movement of organelles, simulate reactions in the cell, make fatty acids, make cells produce their own energy, and so much more. Soon, a cell will be made that will be very much like cells in our bodies.
The article, published by Science Daily, can be found here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140114091707.htm
Author: Rushil Knagaram
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