==============================No, it's not Ricardo Montalban crawling out of a test-tube, but maybe something more dangerous.
First artificial life 'within months'By Roger Highfield, Science EditorScientists could create the first new form of artificial life within months after a landmark breakthrough in which they turned one bacterium into another.
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Or, maybe something beneficial.
Or, maybe as beneficial as it is dangerous...
==============================I wonder if we really know enough about genetics to do this sort of thing safely. Are we really able to predict what our DNA manipulation will produce? Do we really know enough about it to ensure that an artificial DNA strand doesn't have any sequences that might cause it to become the foundation of a microscopic bug that we have absolutely no immunity to?
In a development that has triggered unease and excitement in equal measure, scientists in the US took the whole genetic makeup - or genome - of a bacterial cell and transplanted it into a closely related species.
This then began to grow and multiply in the lab, turning into the first species in the process.
What is in the Pandora's Box we are opening? Toys or fatally poisonous barbs? Do we have any clue?