Sunday, May 23, 2010
Life Out of Life
“To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life.”
Scientists have created the first synthetic life. A single cell of goat pathogen was constructed molecule by molecule inside a lab. To study the degradation of the genome as the cell mutates, the quote above from James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man was encoded into the DNA. Scientists will watch as the phrase mutates.
Now even artificial bacteria is making me feel guilty for never finishing Ulysses.
Posted by Richard Penner at 9:16 AM