Those who thought that only God could create life are in for a nasty surprise. Wired has this article about a team of scientists who are close to creating life from scratch. The scientists are able to build protocells using fatty molecules (for the cell membrane) and inserting bits of nucleic acids containing ‘source code’ for replication.
These guys aren’t able to get the cells to replicate properly on their own yet – only certain DNA sequences get replicated. But they are close to creating a new form of life.