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Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal

from Mother Nature Network

Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal Researcher says he has created living cells made of metal instead of carbon — and they may be evolving.

By Bryan Nelson

Photo: p.Gordon/Flickr

Fri, Sep 16 2011 at 12:38 AM ES

Scientists trying to create artificial life generally work under the assumption that life must be carbon-based, but what if a living thing could be made from another element?

One British researcher may have proven that theory, potentially rewriting the book of life. Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow has created lifelike cells from metal — a feat few believed feasible. The discovery opens the door to the possibility that there may be life forms in the universe not based on carbon, . . . continue