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How scientists made 'artificial life'

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Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell.

The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell.

Dr Craig Venter, of the J Craig Venter Institute, explained how they created what he described as "the first species.... to have its parents be a computer".

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