Biologists on the Verge of Creating New Form of Life

A team of biologists and chemists is closing in on bringing non-living matter to life.

It’s not as Frankensteinian as it sounds. Instead, a lab led by Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School, is building simple cell models that can almost be called life.

cept if you read what it says, it has more to do with chemical and atmospheric reactions than anything else. Its not creating a new form of life or close to it.


It’s been decades since they’ve perpared self-replicating chemical systems that are more alive than viruses. Self-organizing cells have been around since A.I. Oparin discovered the properties of coazervates in the 1930s.

One of the remarkable things about cell membranes is that they are so chemically simple, and that they spontaneously form spherical cells.

This isn’t much of a step as far as synthetic life is concerned.

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