A Florida synthetic-biology lab announced the creation of a chemical compound capable of Darwinian evolution but said that the compound was not yet capable of living on its own. "It is not self-sustaining," explained the lab's head scientist. "You have to have a graduate student stand there and feed it." | Harper's Magazine

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A Florida synthetic-biology lab announced the creation of a chemical compound capable of Darwinian evolution but said that the compound was not yet capable of living on its own. “It is not self-sustaining,” explained the lab’s head scientist. “You have to have a graduate student stand there and feed it.”

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A Florida synthetic-biology lab announced the creation of a chemical compound capable of Darwinian evolution but said that the compound was not yet capable of living on its own. “It is not self-sustaining,” explained the lab’s head scientist. “You have to have a graduate student stand there and feed it.”

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