Scientists have turned inanimate chemicals into a living organism in an experiment that raises profound questions about the essence of life.
The bacteria's genes were all constructed in the laboratory "from four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information on a computer," he said.
The synthetic bacteria have 14 "watermark sequences" attached to their genome -- inert stretches of DNA added to distinguish them from their natural counterparts. They behaved and divided in lab dishes like natural bacteria.
I, for one, welcome our bottled bacteriologic mycoplasma mycoides overlords.