"The Future is Now"

"'I have seen the future, and it is now.' Those words came to mind again as I recently listened to Craig Venter, one of those leading the new areas of synthetic genomics and synthetic biology," writes Lawrence Krauss in Scientific American. In the piece, Krauss says the he expects an artificial life-form to be produced soon.

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