Synteettistä elämää

Voi elämä. Synteettistä elämää on saatu aikaan laboratoriossa.

Scientists have created the world’s first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved.

The controversial feat, which has occupied 20 scientists for more than 10 years at an estimated cost of $40m, was described by one researcher as ”a defining moment in biology”.

Craig Venter, the pioneering US geneticist behind the experiment, said the achievement heralds the dawn of a new era in which new life is made to benefit humanity, starting with bacteria that churn out biofuels, soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and even manufacture vaccines.

However critics, including some religious groups, condemned the work, with one organisation warning that artificial organisms could escape into the wild and cause environmental havoc or be turned into biological weapons. Others said Venter was playing God.

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Interestingly, Marx wrote in the 1880s that the ”creation of artificial living cells” would be the next, and determining step, in showing once and for all that ”life originated out of natural phenomenon, for it is always problematic to refer to ”unknown causes”.

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