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.

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