Post by Dingbat Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by Dingbat
Subject: Have scientists created life?
How does that relate to English usage?
Does this meet a definition of LIFE in English?
1a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a
b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive
quality of animate beings
c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see
METABOLISM sense 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
1c reflects the rule-of-thumb I learned in 8th grade biology: Life is
GRIMM: Growth, reproduction, irritability, movement, and metabolism.
But how does your original question lead us to discussing this? You
didn't say anything there about English definitions of life.
"I'm glad unicorns don't ever need upgrades."
"We are as up as it is possible to get graded!"
_Phoebe and Her Unicorn_, 2016.05.15