Over at the American Scientist, Robert Dorit, an associate professor of biology at Smith College argues that synthetic biology "imitates but cannot replicate living organisms." He likens the scenario to Deep Blue, the massive computer built by IBM. Deep Blue, Dorit says, defeating the chess Grand Master Garry Kasparo. Deep Blue, he says, won by mimicking and calculating human intelligence, not by being intelligent itself.

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