Complexity Digest 2010.12 - 01
Editor-in-Chief: Carlos Gershenson
Founding Editor: Gottfried Mayer
A synthetic creation story, Nature News
Excerpts: Last week's announcement of the 'chemical synthesis of a living organism' by Craig Venter and his colleagues (...) heads up a very long tradition. Claims such as this have been made throughout history.
That's not to cast aspersions on the new results. (...) set in a historical context, what the researchers have achieved is not so much a 'synthesis of life' as a semi-synthetic recreation of what we currently deem life to be. And, as with previous efforts, it should leave us questioning the adequacy of that view.
- Source: A synthetic creation story
[ http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/news.2010.261 ], Philip Ball, DOI: 10.1038/news.2010.261, Nature News, 2010/05/24