Life is a process, not a molecule, and it needs much more than a strand of DNA.
To place the process of synthesising the research literature into context, the article explores the critiquing process by breaking it down into seven sequential steps.
The article explains how and why these steps need to be kept in mind if a robust comprehensive literature search and analysis are to be achieved.
True, it is routine, automated chemistry of a type understood since the 1970s, but in some respects the creation of an entire human genome from scratch would be the most ambitious act of synthetic organic chemistry ever undertaken.
That’s the crux of the matter, because it forces us to confront the profoundly materialistic character of the vision, which harks back to Huxley’s ‘physical basis of life’.