If you have a dead cell and inject sequenced DNA into it you will have a dead cell.
That's what they did though, isn't it?
"The experiment involved creating a strand of DNA as specified by a computer in a sequencing machine, and inserting it into a dead cell of M. capricolum
, and then watching it revivify and express the artificial markers and the M. mycoides
proteins. It really is like bringing the dead back to life."
The reason, I believe, that this is such headlines is there is no good definition as to what is life. This is a huge problem with the search for extraterrestrial life. How will we know life when we see it if we have no definition of what life is?
This is just what I was discussing with some people on a Swedish forum todayhttp://vof.se/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=12580
You can run it through Google Translate