Saw this yesterday and also saw someone posted it in the science section; but this definitely deserves a place in the Spiritual and Philosophy section http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...etic-life-form Please, take the time to read it, because it is actually very, very interesting, and well, historic. "defining moment in the history of biology and biotechnology", Mark Bedau, a philosopher at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, told Science. After reading this i have actually become very confused now on what life is. This experiment seems to indicate, that it takes a certain degree of intelligence and organizational skill to make this sort of thing work. It could not have simply "caused itself." They didn't make anything from scratch, by which I mean they didn't synthesize any cellular molecules or DNA from basic chemicals. They just rearranged living matter that already existed. Had the scientists managed to create matter out of nothing, then that would be a little more problematic. But even then still, you would have the problem of the scientists having had to use pre-existent matter to create new matter, and so on and so forth.