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Scientists Predict Synthetic Life Within a Year

Geneticist Dr Craig Venter said the world may soon see the first examples of synthetic life. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst /Reuters.
 
The world may soon see the first examples of synthetic life, artificial organisms constructed in a laboratory. These will be unique organisms, not close copies of existing cells, said their creator Dr Craig Venter.

The controversial geneticist last night delivered a keynote address at Trinity College Dublin, part of the programme taking place in Dublin during the EuroScience Open Forum. Aptly, the title of his talks was “What is Life?”