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And man made life

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Synthetic biology

Artificial life, the stuff of dreams and nightmares, has arrived

May 20th 2010 | From the print edition, http://www.economist.com/node/16163154

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.

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