Twice as natural

@article{Lenski2001TwiceAN,
  title={Twice as natural},
  author={Richard E. Lenski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={414},
  pages={255-255}
}
  • R. Lenski
  • Published 15 November 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
According to the book of Genesis, God made all life and “created man in his own image”. It is no wonder, then, that humankind has long sought to create life of its own. But what is artificial life? Setting aside for a moment the meaning of ‘life’ itself, the use of the word ‘artificial’ introduces its own quandary. Where does ‘natural’ end and ‘artificial’ begin? Thomas Browne, in Religio Medici (1642), said that “all things are artificial; for Nature is the Art of God”. This view might seem to… 
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