Synthetic Life? I Think Not

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    This is a very significant step. It is the beginning of being able to design small organisms, such as viruses, that can attack cancers, or be used as a vaccine against real viruses like AIDS.
     
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    I am not a scientist by any means, but isn't it true that there is nothing on earth that is 100% synthetic? Doesn't it take some form of nature to "create" all these so called synthetic inventions?

    Even if they whip them out of the thin air, they still had to use air :D
     
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    The world is too flat! I'm tellin' ya. IF that crazy kid from down the block, Christopher, sets out on that Spanish ship---he ain't a comin' back!

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    A well written computer virus can be classified as life the way life is currently defined, the virus replicates itself, it can learn to hide and mutate itself to infect more computers etc. The only thing they lack is a metabolic process.
     
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    Did you see the last Movie by Will Smith? Ya I want scientists making viruses.
     
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