Okay, it isn’t exactly Frankenstein or “Weird Science”, but it is life nonetheless. Technically what scientists led by Md., J. Craig Venter at the Venter Institute did was to modify an existing genome with their own set of instructions, then replace the genome of a Mycoplasma capricolum with their version. When the cell divided on its own and possessed the Venter genome, volia’, synthetic “life”.
Yeah, it isn’t as grandiose as growin’ people in test-tubes, but it is pretty remarkable. Now comes the question: Now that we can…should we?