Re: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize
Wed, 12 May 1999 00:33:17 EDT

In a message dated 5/11/99 8:48:47 AM Mountain Daylight Time, writes:

> I agree with you. However, my gut feeling is that I would have certainly
> heard about life being created in a test tube if indeed that had been
> accomplished. Witness all the stuff non physicists hear about physicists'
> accomplishments.

"Gut feeling" is no substitute for real evidence, Moorad. Fox and his
colleagues have provided evidence that proves that he has synthesized life in
the lab; the fact that you didn't hear of it (or as is more likely refused to
believe it when you did hear of it) is irrelevant to this simple basic truth.
You claim there are "scientists who are very critical of the claim that the
protocells of Fox are alive"? Name them. Describe their evidence (if they
have any) or at least their arguments. Provide references so that we can
read their research. If the creationists on this list would not let me get
away with making unsubstantiated claims, I am certainly not going to let you
get away with it. As Art Chadwick might say, put up or shut up.

Kevin L. O'Brien