There’s a new contest you can enter: Build a Lifeform. A real one.
Yes, it can be done now…or at least, we can insert new capabilities into existing organisms. Before you get too excited, though, most of this work involves directed tweaking of phage or E. coli, which is powerful stuff, but far removed from the dream of building Kelly LeBrock in my garage.
We’re going to need another decade or so before we can do that.