Harvard Team Creates World’s First Synthesized Cells

A single cell is the most awesomely sophisticated molecular machine yet produced.  A self-directing, self-replicating micro-factory capable of complex constructions, automated repair and even (like all good sci-fi-sounding devices) self-destruct.  The first cells, however, were much less “complex mechanisms” and significantly more “Shake and Bake” – a model that we’re now ready to build ourselves.

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It’s amazing how life apparently bootstraps itself together when you just throw together some basic chemicals.

We’re actually talking about a DNA replicating cell, synthesized from scratch, apparently.

How long before I get to design my own pets?

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