Medicine: Hand-Made Life?

Some busybody at Dr. George Washington Crile's Cleveland laboratory last week revealed the fact that "something amazing and revolutionary had taken place there," that Dr. Crile had synthesized inert chemicals into "something approximating life." Dr. Crile had wanted to save the announcement for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which meets in Cleveland the end of this month. Said he: "I have been frightfully embarrassed by premature publication of this work. We have not reached a point where we can tell whether our experiment will be successful or a failure. I...

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