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‘Before you ask more questions, think about whether you really want to know the answers’ — Gene Wolfe

 

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To create life is the prerogative of gods. Deep in the human psyche, whatever the rational pleadings of physics and chemistry, there exists a sense that biology is different, is more than just the sum of atoms moving about and reacting with one another, is somehow infused with a divine spark, a vital essence. It may come as a shock, then, that mere mortals have now made artificial life.

 

Synthetic biology: And man made life | The Economist