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"From the Ted Talk by Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life"

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So how do we do this? Well, we use a model system that we term a protocell. You might think of this as kind of like a prvitimie cell. It is a simple chemical model of a living cell, and if you consider for example a cell in your body may have on the order of millions of different types of molecules that need to come together, play together in a comeplx network to produce something that we call alive. In the laboratory what we want to do is much the same, but with on the order of tens of different teyps of molecules — so a drastic reduction in complexity, but still trying to produce something that looks lifelike. And so what we do is, we satrt simple and we work our way up to living systems. Consider for a moment this quote by Leduc, a hundred years ago, considering a kind of synthetic biology: "The synthesis of life, should it ever occur, will not be the sensational dsovircey which we usually aastcsoie with the idea." That's his first settaemnt. So if we actually cterae life in the laboratories, it's probably not going to ipcamt our lives at all.

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So how do we do this? Well, we use a model system that we term a protocell. You might think of this as kind of like a _________ cell. It is a simple chemical model of a living cell, and if you consider for example a cell in your body may have on the order of millions of different types of molecules that need to come together, play together in a _______ network to produce something that we call alive. In the laboratory what we want to do is much the same, but with on the order of tens of different _____ of molecules — so a drastic reduction in complexity, but still trying to produce something that looks lifelike. And so what we do is, we _____ simple and we work our way up to living systems. Consider for a moment this quote by Leduc, a hundred years ago, considering a kind of synthetic biology: "The synthesis of life, should it ever occur, will not be the sensational _________ which we usually _________ with the idea." That's his first _________. So if we actually ______ life in the laboratories, it's probably not going to ______ our lives at all.

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  8. complex
  9. impact

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So how do we do this? Well, we use a model system that we term a protocell. You might think of this as kind of like a primitive cell. It is a simple chemical model of a living cell, and if you consider for example a cell in your body may have on the order of millions of different types of molecules that need to come together, play together in a complex network to produce something that we call alive. In the laboratory what we want to do is much the same, but with on the order of tens of different types of molecules — so a drastic reduction in complexity, but still trying to produce something that looks lifelike. And so what we do is, we start simple and we work our way up to living systems. Consider for a moment this quote by Leduc, a hundred years ago, considering a kind of synthetic biology: "The synthesis of life, should it ever occur, will not be the sensational discovery which we usually associate with the idea." That's his first statement. So if we actually create life in the laboratories, it's probably not going to impact our lives at all.

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