Engineered cell engine step to artificial life-

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    The replicants of Phillip K. Dick's novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" are brought to mind...
     
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    Or The Lani people...

    The question becomes if it is biological and sentient can you own it? I would argue no.
     
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    That was the central issue in Dick's book and also the movie loosely based on it, "Blade Runner."
     
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    It's actually addressed in quite a few books. In fact one of the side stories in Webber's Space opera series featuring Honor Harington, involves putting a stop to the 'Genetic Slave' trade.
     
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    We can't own animals then?

    Ribosomes wouldn't really be sentient though. They're just something that all living things have to make protein and are quite complex in themselves. I wonder how they made one and if this will mean no more using E Coli to make protein in labs. That'd be nice for future biochem students, not to mention the medical advances. :)
     

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