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Creating Life in the Lab

by Fazale Rana
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2011. 235 pages.

The central idea of Rana’s book, according to reviewer Juli Peretó, is that “the human contribution to all the experiments of prebiotic chemistry and the emergent field of synthetic biology shows that nothing could have happened on the early earth under the control of natural forces alone.” Summarizing his reaction, Peretó lamented that “at first sight satisfactory scientific descriptions are followed by strained and implausible arguments for the religiously significant conclusions. ... [T]he arguments will appear compelling only if you are willing to desert the scientific domain."