Matt Wuerker


发自墨尔本——早在16世纪,一位叫巴拉塞尔西斯的炼金术士就提出了一个创造新生命的秘诀,那就是把精子注入腐烂的“venter equinus”里面,这个词通常被翻译为“马粪”,但拉丁文的“venter”其实是腹部或者子宫的意思。

而如今那些江湖术士们无疑会感到欣慰,因为一个叫克雷格·温特(Craig Venter)的人所资助的科学家团队刚刚在上月宣布成功创造了一个人造生命:这是一个细菌,而它携带的基因则是在实验室里设计并化学合成出来的。


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