The first synthetic cell

Craig Venter crosses a threshold. This today in the New York Times:

Dr. Venter described the converted cell as “the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer.”

“This is an important step, we think, both scientifically and philosophically,” Dr. Venter said in an interview with the journal Science, which is publishing the research this week. “It’s certainly changed my views of definitions of life and of how life works.”

Ye shall be as gods?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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