Has Life Been Created in a Lab?

on May 21, 2010

In the past several hours, headlines have suggested that life has been created in a research lab. Here is our initial response.

In the past several hours, headlines have suggested that life has been created in a research lab. For example, MSNBC.com blared, “It’s alive!”1

Check back tomorrow morning for an analysis by Dr. Georgia Purdom (PhD, molecular genetics) of our staff about this bacterium that has been synthetically formed. For the moment, we will just state that all of the components required in forming this bacterium were already in existence. This research, while brilliantly executed, has nothing to do with evolution in the molecules-to-man sense. As we will reveal Saturday on this website (in the News to Know feature), the research of intelligent scientists working in state-of-the art labs has still not produced anything near a new life form from scratch. Moreover, the mindless process of evolution—even given billions of years—would not fare any better.

Footnotes

  1. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37256799/ns/technology_and_science-science/.

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