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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists said they have taken an important step toward making an artificial life form by making a ribosome -- the cell's factory.
The ribosome makes the proteins that carry out key business for all forms of life. Messenger RNA carries DNA's genetic instructions to a cell's ribosome, which then cooks up the desired protein. Every living organism from bacteria to humans uses a ribosome, and they are all strikingly similar.
It is not quite artificial life, ...