Synthetic “Life,” Ethics, National Security, and Public Discourse

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Science  02 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5987, pp. 38-39
DOI: 10.1126/science.1193749

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The work by Gibson and colleagues in this issue of Science (1) showcases technological achievement, highlights the promises of science, and raises questions about the nature of life. The ensuing discussion has featured a number of concerns about biosecurity and ethics—some real, some imagined.