Scientists Create Synthetic Cell

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I am awestruck.

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There are still a few tricks to work out, such as how the original ancestor cells successfully split in two without spilling their precious genetic cargo – but come on.  These guys just replicated what took a planet and millions of years in a couple of terms with less than ten dollars of glassware.  Awe and wonder are deeply subjective quantities, but I can say for a fact: if you are not impressed by this work, you are wrong.