I know I posted another controversial topic a few posts down, but I have been stuck in philosopher mode recently and it's not even funny. Anyway, this is a pretty old article, but let me share it with you: Craig Venter Creates Synthetic Life-form Now, of course, there aren't really many ethical problems when it comes to the current level that scientists have when it comes to the creation of synthetic life-forms. Let it be clear that this is not cloning or genetic modification of existing species, but rather the fabrication of an entirely new species from scratch with a human-made genome. However, let us project this concept of creating Synthetic Life into the future, as mankind is apt to do when confronted with some new technology. One cannot help but wonder if we might create an entirely new race of sapient beings sometime in the future with technology far more advanced than what we have(that is, if we don't kill our species off before then). What will this entail for humanity? Should we keep Synthetic Life at the bacterial level? Or should it be expanded to include even the creation of larger organisms? If other sapient organisms arise from this area of science, what would be the social, legal and ethical ramifications? What do you think?