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Scientists are taking designed parts (by God or themselves), assembling them, and claiming they are close to creating life. They also believe this will support the idea that chance, time, and natural laws can bring life from non-life.
Researchers have acknowledged that this first synthetic cell is more a re-creation of existing life—changing one simple type of bacterium into another. The work of brilliant scientists using millions of dollars of resources still have not produced anything near a new life form from scratch.
Evolutionary scientists are trying to intelligently design (but as of yet haven’t succeeded) a self-replicating organism nowhere near as complex as actual (extant) life via chemicals and mechanisms
Selecting for snowflakes or evolution of multicellularity?
Last week’s major announcement about the creation of a “synthetic” organism spurred evolution talk then—and continues to do so this week.
Don’t let a headline like “It’s Alive” fool you. Despite some misleading news reports, life has not been made from scratch in a laboratory.*
In the past several hours, headlines have suggested that life has been created in a research lab. Here is our initial response.
According to media reports, a team of researchers is on the verge of creating artificial life.
The team, 17 scientists in all, built the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium by making small blocks of DNA out of chemicals.
Over the weekend several news outlets were declaring somewhat definitively that scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have created “artificial life.”
For more than 50 years we have been told by scientists that they have been on the verge of creating life in a laboratory.