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Obama approves creation of man-made life

• Terrence Aym
"Man-made life." -- To some it conjures up scenes from "Blade Runner"—junk strewn laboratories with mad Japanese scientists hunched in the cellars of Los Angeles modifying patented cellular life complete with bar code identifiers for a price. Others might think of Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" or even Mary Shelly's famous Gothic morality tale, "Frankenstein." Whether any of those visions are conjured up or the phrase "better life through chemistry" is your mantra, Mankind is about to depart on a journey from which there is no return: unleashing the great unknowns inherent in creating life in the laboratory...

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