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Synthetic life has been created in the laboratory in a feat of ingenuity that pushes the boundaries of humanity‚Äôs ability to manipulate the natural world.
Craig Venter, the biologist who led the effort to map the human genome, said yesterday that the first cell controlled entirely by man-made genetic instructions had been produced.
The synthetic bacterium, nicknamed Synthia, has been hailed as a step change in biological engineering, allowing the creation of organisms with specialised functions that could never have evolved in nature. The team at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, is investigating how the technology could yield microbes that make vaccines, and algae that turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon biofuels....
John C Jones wrote: If they are successful in creating life from scratch in the laboratory someday, that only proves that it takes intelligence to create life. It would be evidence that creationism is true, not evolution, which is the creation of life in the absence of intelligence.
If you read the full news story, you'll see thay did nothing of the sort. They just (allegedly) took an existing cell, removed the DNA, and put some new DNA into it which they had altered somehow.
This headline of ‚Äúlife created in the lab‚ÄĚ is just to sell newspapers and is a lie. If they are successful in creating life from scratch in the laboratory someday, that only proves that it takes intelligence to create life. It would be evidence that creationism is true, not evolution, which is the creation of life in the absence of intelligence.
This claim has been made several times over the years, and every one, on further examination, has proved to be false. Of course no media outlet is going to take the time to dig deep enough, especialy if the outlet is secular.