The news today is full of reports on how a team led by Dr Craig Venter in the United States has created 'synthetic life' - basically copying Mycoplasma genitalium in the way that the Japanese used to copy Western products a few decades ago, before they learned to build their own.
Well, how hard can it be to make life? After all, it happened a few millions of years ago on the Earth without the help of any men in white coats, bottles of chemicals or laboratories.
Next time some scientist wants to claim a breakthrough, just tell 'em to do it nature's way - mix the right kind of water with the right kind of chemicals, add a bit of heat, a bit of light, shake the bottle and step back.
Revd John Richardson
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