Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Life In Man's Hand?

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Scientists say they are on the verge of "building" artificial life. "We are attempting to understand what the definition of life is," J. Craig Venter of Rockville, Md.-based Celera Genomics Corp., said. Venter and his colleagues, who are trying to map all the genes, also are attempting to understand what is the minimum set of genes necessary to sustain life in a tiny bacterium called mycoplasma genitalium. They have cut out mycoplasma genes to see which ones the organism could live without and are down to 300 essential genes, from 470, that could form the basis for putting together an artificial mycoplasma genitalium, according to Venter. Humans have 80,000 genes. (From Reuters News Service)

There is nothing wrong with attempting to understand what the definition of life is. But if it leads to the assumption that such understanding will put life in man's hands, there is a big surprise ahead! It is therefore better to attempt to understand what the definition of eternal life might be, and commit both to God's hands.

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