NZ Herald: Synthetic life breakthrough met with awe and alarm

With the news of the successful creation of a functioning synthetic genome, the New Zealand Herald sums up some of the opinions circulating regarding the news.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“A bioethics blogger, Dr Art Caplan, asks the question: “What does it mean to be alive?”, saying oversight of such this sort of research is “vital”.

“The New York Times took a more conservative view on the developments, quoting a Caltech researcher that similar research had already been done and that Dr Venter’s was only larger in scale.”