Scientists have gone beyond genetic engineering, which is simply manipulating or swaping a few genes here and there, and created a new life form from chemicals. We now have "synthetic biology" dawning before us.
"IN THE end there was no castle, no thunderstorm and definitely no hunchbacked cackling lab assistant. Nevertheless, Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith and their colleagues have done for real what Mary Shelley merely imagined. On May 20th, in the pages of Science, they announced that they had created a living creature.