It's alive: The world's first synthetic life form is HERE!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

A scientist "briefed the White House" today to let the president know he'd created the world's first synthetic life form.

Isn't that the beginning of a bad sci-fi movie? (Though it could also be the beginning of a really good bad sci-fi movie.) Luckily, this doesn't sound as if it's going to mean the end of the world.

Dr. Craig J. Venter announced that he created the world's first synthetic life form—DNA-like code somehow self-replicating as the genome in a group of living cells.

In a way, it's a new species, "capable of logarithmic growth."

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