Here I am reading in the morning an article about man (scientist J. Craig Venter) claiming to be close to creating life. It got my attention – especially since I thought that others already claimed that before. In the evening I cannot find the article anymore – but I find the TIME magazine version: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1706552,00.html. This article was titled: Scientist CREATES Life – ALMOST. (I was glad it did not add – ex nihilo:):)
You read the headlines – and you wonder. Did man really create life? Did the scientists really come close? Well – it looks like it was another attempt by the media to get you to read their article. In any case it worked with me.
Anyway…I keep reading this article, and it turns out that Venter did not really create life…and he may not be that close either:
The chromosome which Venter and his team has created is known as Mycoplasma laboratorium and, in the final step of the process, will be transplanted into a living cell where it should “take control,” effectively becoming a new life form.
Aha…so this creation of Venter has to be transplanted into a LIVING cell….and then it may become a new life form. Does not sound that impressive anymore…and it certainly DOES NOT sound like Venter created life. Does it? Well – let’s let the experts say it:
Eckard Wimmer, professor of molecular biology at New York University, said it was clear from Venter’s study that the team had not yet created artificial life.
He said he was left with “the unpleasant feeling whether or not the synthetic DNA was indeed proper and able for biological function.”
His fears were echoed by Helen Wallace, a biologist and spokeswoman for GeneWatch UK, who said that while Venter’s team has managed a technical feat, it is some way from being artificial life.
“Venter is not God … He’s a long way from creating life,” she told AFP.
I could not have put it any better! Real life is in the Author of Life (Acts 3:15) – Jesus Christ.
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26) I hope and pray that you do!
For a shorter version of the article on creating life see HERE:
For a Christian scientific analysis compare: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2007/10/08/created-new-life