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Published:May 23rd, 2010 09:52 EST

Scientists Create First Living Cell Controlled By Synthetic DNA

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.

The researchers constructed a bacterium`s `genetic software` and transplanted it into a host cell.


The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species `dictated` by the synthetic DNA.

The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms."

When the father of the atom bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, watched the first nuclear test explosion he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita: Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

The scientists who created this cell can proudly proclaim: Now I am become God, the creator of worlds.

God no longer has a patent on creating life, researchers and companies will soon own patents on thousands of new organisms.

Man has become God, we can prolong life, take life, and create life.


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