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Washington --- By gathering artificial genes in a laboratory dish and "shooting in some electricity," scientists hope to create a new form of life.
They hope to use the synthetic, one-celled life form to make clean hydrogen fuel. But they concede the venture raises a host of legal, ethical and security concerns.
The work, to be performed at a Maryland facility known as the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives, will be financed by a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy. It will be based on previous research on the genetic makeup of one of the simplest organisms on Earth, a parasitic bacterium known as "Mycoplasma genitalium," gene scientist J. Craig Venter, who heads the institute, said Thursday.
Venter acknowledged that the project raises many questions.
we can all create life and God commanded us to multiply and fill the earth. Is jump starting a car creating a new battery or just using what was alrready there. If they really want to play God there are lots of bodies in the morgue that would appreciate a return to life. All the cells are in order, but the spirit has left. God created out of nothing and breathed the breath of life into the reshaped dust of the earth to make Adam. These guys don't know what creation is and they obviously don't know what they are doing. This is dangerous, like the plague. How sure are they that it won't survive outside the lab? That's as big a lie as saying AIDS can't be transmitted by mosquitoes but malaria (another virus) can! Biology died with Darwin.
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and THERE IS NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN. IS THERE ANY THING WHEREOF IT MAY BE SAID, SEE, THIS IS NEW? IT HATH BEEN ALREADY OF OLD TIME, which was before us"(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).