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  • It happens everyday

    If you think about it, life is created from scratch when a child is conceived. Now it might not be the same thing as creating life in a test tube or in the ways of a god, but it is one from of life being created normally. If cells can be synthetically created, then that in itself is life. Growing a plant is creating life. Everyday a life is being created by someone out there. Just because a human life cannot be created from a test tube exactly, does not mean all life can't be created, since their is life being created everyday.

  • It's all a matter of time.

    It's all a matter of time before science manages to successfully replicate/create life. Life developed through natural processes, and it is thus only a matter of time and effort before we can learn and eventually replicate those processes. The argument "Failed thus far" is basically invalid in my opinion, for obvious reasons. And the argument "We are not God(/gods)" is utterly ridiculous, and only showcases religious bigotry and a lack of scientific understanding.
    (Sorry for any grammatical errors, English is not my main language.)
    - Greetings from Norway.

  • It's happening now.

    A genome has already been created from scratch and placed in a host cell to create a synthetic cell. So scientists are essentially only a few steps away from accomplishing this goal. Those steps are synthesizing the cytoplasmic components and the membrane. I don't see how any of those steps is an impossibility.

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  • It is absolutely possible. It will just be awhile until we can.

    First of all, my answer differs slightly depending on what you mean with "from scratch". If it means making an artificial organism or lifeform in a lab, that has already been done (see the link from psyduck).
    If "from scratch" means instead entirely from scratch, as in from nothing, I think it's equally possible, just far in the future. The question brought to mind a story a heard some time back:
    Scientists tell God they have discovered how to make life. So God says, "Show me." The scientists grab a bucket of dirt and start to put it in a machine when God stops them and says, "You have to use your own dirt, not mine."
    I don't believe in God, but I find the story amusing and it illustrates the other potential meaning of "from scratch", namely from nothing. The solution to that problem is virtual particles. Virtual particles, if 'boosted' into real particles, could provide the particles necessary to make life. You could essentially make life from nothing if you had enough virtual particles turned into real particles.

  • Technically they will...

    I think scientists will someday be able to create some thing which will meet some measured definition of 'being alive', but I don't think they'll ever be able to create something as complex as even a fly. The real question is whether or not there's a soul, because science will never be able to duplicate that. Then the life they create will be like a cake without any flavor. What's the point?

  • "It's Alive II"

    The Quantum Origins of Life can be found in
    the resolution of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle,
    and the Intelligent Properties of Light. "Light Acts As
    the Observer. " When light fabricates matter it imbues
    it with a primitive 'awareness, ' the ability to REACT.
    Hawkins, "life is just a large chain reaction. "

  • “From Scratch” Doesn’t mean from nothing

    To me, from scratch in this case means that it is made with things that are not alive. So if you made a living this using only things that are not alive then it checks out (although there may be some exceptions I’m not seeing). Look below for a reply to the guy who had “something from nothing” as his headline. The bit there about baking a cake really helped me make up my mind.

  • It can be!

    Well, think about it, some people are born out of NOWHERE! You may think that some people are born the same way, but, like they say, people are different and special in each way. So, I agree that life can be created from scratch! But you may never know this!

  • Only a matter of time

    Just look at the advances science has done in such a short time. The no side's argument has no foundation. Just because we havent done it yet does not mean it cant be done. So many things have been done that was once thought only gods can do. What was once thought of as "miraculous" is not so miraculous any longer. To suggest that we are unable simply because we would have to have the same ingredients as what was available 4 billion years ago is a cop-out. To steal a reply to that, You dont need to mill the flour yourself or wait for an egg to come out of your chicken or even create a chicken first to get an egg to say you made the cake from scratch. There will always be the guy who says wait a sec, that's not the same because____. That logic can be applied to anything.

  • It'll be difficult

    I don't think that we'll be able to create life from the base elements for a while, but I do think It will be possible in the future. Though the hard bit will be create a consciousness for it, as we have absolutely no ideA what it is as of yet.

  • Something From Nothing

    While some scientists have boasted that it is possible to make life from scratch, it is interesting to me that they would have to be able to do the very thing that many of those same scientists would have to use particles in existence already to accomplish their claim. To create life without anything, from scratch, they would have to enter a realm where nothing exists at all and proceed with their scientific experiment, however, by entering said hypothetical realm, being themselves an element, they negate the validity of their experiment. It is impossible for a life form to be created from scratch in anything less than something beyond the ability of a human.

  • No, there's no way to create life from scratch.

    While scientists are tinkering with creating life, when they do so they're still using things that already exist. As an example, a creature called a Synthia was created in a lab. However, it was created from chemicals and a cell. These weren't created from scratch themselves, so I would argue that neither was Synthia. Especially since it used a cell that was not created in the lab, but was already alive and in existence. The fact that we can't really create it ourselves is why the living spark is so miraculous.

  • We are not God.

    No, it is not possible to create life from scratch, because that is the function of God. Only God took the non-living things and breathed the breath of life. Life is from God. Only God can give life and take it away. As long as humans try, we will never be able to create life from scratch.

  • Failed Thus Far

    Scientists have studied the concept of creating life from scratch and many trials have been attempted, but nothing has met success. Humans have not been able to recreate what we think happened in the slime billions of years ago. I think this is an interesting topic and its something we should continue to experiment with, but we have yet to accomplish this goal.

  • We're Simply Not There Yet

    The fact is that scientists who claim to have invented life from 'scratch' are in fact taking already existing assets from already existing forms of life or the product of already existing life to use as a produce for their own life, this is not making life from scratch and although I believe once we know more about how life works and how life here on Earth originated it may be possible, as the reasons I have discussed show the human race is simply not ready yet with it's current knowledge.

  • Very very hard

    Our existence itself is the proof that life can come out of purely chemical processes. There is no doubt about that. But now comes the catch. What ingredients went into primitive chemical soup that triggered a call that can replicate itself we don't know. And that may be any factor. Any factor in a trillion different conditions. And only one such condition may result in triggering life. There is no way you can find it and replicate it in the lab. Hence the answer is almost NO -you cannot create the life in LAB. There is a huge difference between customizing the existing life and creating new life from purely chemicals.

    The debate on this aspect also shows confusion in the thought process and lack of picture of the incomprehensibility of nature when compared to the human mind. Nature may generate trillions of conditions and only one such condition at a particular point of time can generate life. So the bridge the gap between life and inanimate matter is not a child's play. Even scientists are immature when it comes to the depth of thought that is essential to comprehend such things.

    This question has a deep spiritual significance to it. Until they can create a single cell from inanimate matter there is simply no way to estimate if life can exist in other parts of the universe. Without this knowledge all our estimates are highly immature at best. May be it is possible if they stop over engineering and become humble and start with a clean slate and wait with respect for that spark of lightening that might have caused the first cell to replicate.

  • Very very hard

    Our existence itself is the proof that life can come out of purely chemical processes. There is no doubt about that. But now comes the catch. What ingredients went into primitive chemical soup that triggered a call that can replicate itself we don't know. And that may be any factor. Any factor in a trillion different conditions. And only one such condition may result in triggering life. There is no way you can find it and replicate it in the lab. Hence the answer is almost NO -you cannot create the life in LAB. There is a huge difference between customizing the existing life and creating new life from purely chemicals.

    The debate on this aspect also shows confusion in the thought process and lack of picture of the incomprehensibility of nature when compared to the human mind. Nature may generate trillions of conditions and only one such condition at a particular point of time can generate life. So the bridge the gap between life and inanimate matter is not a child's play. Even scientists are immature when it comes to the depth of thought that is essential to comprehend such things.

    This question has a deep spiritual significance to it. Until they can create a single cell from inanimate matter there is simply no way to estimate if life can exist in other parts of the universe. Without this knowledge all our estimates are highly immature at best. May be it is possible if they stop over engineering and become humble and start with a clean slate and wait with respect for that spark of lightening that might have caused the first cell to replicate.

  • I don't believe so.

    I don't believe anything is impossible, however, I believe there are limits to the knowledge that humans can have. To me, creating life from scratch would be creating life using nonliving materials. So I suppose that's similar to abiogenesis, but I don't see how life can arise from nonlife, even with help. Also when people try to play God, things generally don't end too well so I wouldn't even attempt to create life and just appreciate the fact that organisms are alive to begin with. Have a nice day.

  • We Simply Can't

    Scientists cannot create life without using something that is already living. It does not matter if they manage to use all of the correct building blocks (carbon, water, amino acids, etc.), they do not have the ability to create the extra whatever it is to make something alive. It's because of the same reason we can't bring people back to life. If person gets their head cut off we can't do anything about it. Even if we would have the ability to perfectly repair all of the damage done, we could not replace the life that has been lost. Humans are limited to only being able to create something that has all of the necessary parts of a living thing, except the life part. Also the scientists that "created life" in the lab did nothing more than inserting some new DNA into an established bacterium. While this is great scientific progress and it has potential to be beneficial, it is not creating life. It is simply customizing it.


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