By Selwyn Duke
In a development that has alarmed and excited many, scientists have brought the world one step closer to creating what’s known as “artificial life.” The breakthrough is the handiwork of Dr. Craig Venter, a 63-year-old biologist and billionaire entrepreneur who has long been pushing back frontiers in the field. BBC News reports on the story, writing:
He and his colleagues had previously made a synthetic bacterial genome, and transplanted the genome of one bacterium into another.
Now, the scientists have put both methods together, to create what they call a "synthetic cell", although only its genome is truly synthetic.
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