Playing God In The Lab
Sometime in the next few years, gene pioneer J. Craig Venter hopes to be the first to turn inanimate chemicals in a test tube into a living organism. The result will be only a primitive microbe, but its creation will represent "a huge technical advance" in humans' ability to manipulate the natural world, says University of Pennsylvania ethicist David C. Magnus--a bigger story, some bioethicists say, than the cloning of Dolly.
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