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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas Levenson. en_US Campbell, MacGregor (MacGregor Ballard) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2010-04-28T17:01:34Z 2010-04-28T17:01:34Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2009. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 23-25). en_US
dc.description.abstract A number of research groups worldwide are working on various aspects of the problem of building life from scratch. Jack W. Szostak's lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the centers of the action. Open a recent news article on some discovery related to synthetic life or life's origins on Earth, and he's likely to be quoted. Szostak fills his lab with ambitious, bright, young people, a few of whom have gone on to found their own labs. His work provides a lens through which to view the contemporary state of progress toward the ancient and ambitious goal to take what was not alive before and make it live. Starting from an initial plan to make a self-assembling, self-replicating membrane containing a self-replicating genetic molecule, the lab has had some striking successes and, off course, some setbacks. Recent breakthroughs suggest that the realization of a wholly human-designed and created life form looms in the foreseeable future. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by MacGregor Campbell. en_US
dc.format.extent 25 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title How to build a living thing en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 567643173 en_US

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