An artifical virus has been created, according USA Today. "It is the stuff of science fiction and bioethical debates: The creation of artificial life. Up until now, its largely been just that.
But an important technical bridge towards the creation of such life was crossed Thursday when genomics pioneer Craig Venter announced that his research group created an artificial virus based on a real one in just two weeks time.
When researchers created a synthetic genome (genetic map) of the virus and implanted it into a cell, the virus became biologically active, meaning it went to work reproducing itself."