Electronic chemical cells provide an exciting topic of public interest for a variety of reasons. The possibility for the creation of life and of novel life forms is an obvious focus of attention. This harbors points of interest 

  1. As a scientific breakthrough redefining aspects of our understanding of life – in particular as an information process.
  2. As an ethical issue with implications for safety, the environment, exploitation rights, and our identity including religious sensibilities.
  3. As synthetic biology, artificial life, nanotechnology and IT at the center of key current scientific convergences such as Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno.
  4. As a powerful new technology linking nanoscale synthesis with information processing.

    Life, but not as we know it. Chemistry World Press Article 2012  Hayley Birch