Another scientist, Craig Venter, however, begs to differ. "I keep trying to make it clear - we're not creating life from scratch," he claims. Venter's team at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, plans to remove the genome from an existing bacterial cell and replace it with one of their own design. If successful, this will indeed result in a novel life form, but it is a far cry from the ultimate goal of a second genesis, as Venter would be the first to admit.
It has also been reported that some other teams, seek to redesign a living system from first principles. If successful, they would provide an entirely new form of life unlike any that exists today, an achievement comparable to finding alien life on other planets - but one which would raise novel ethical and safety issues, producing synthetic life would be an achievement comparable to finding alien life on other planets
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