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Jupiter and Uranus are preparing to conjoin in the sky, and the combination of Jupiter’s expansion with Uranian innovation has often been associated with technological and scientific advancement.  Uranus is the planet that inspires “Eureka” moments where we conceive of things that were previously inconceivable.

Scientists in Maryland led by Dr. Craig Venter have now created the first living cell controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.  You can find the details here.

This raises all kinds of questions – not only ethical and moral, but about the very nature of creation and life in the Universe.  Perhaps the idea that humans were created through genetic manipulation millions of years ago is not so far-fetched.  It also shows that science is far from being a static science – our understanding of the Universe is constantly shifting and transforming as new information comes available.

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