A renowned geneticist claims a major advance toward creating life in a laboratory. We look at the possible benefits and drawbacks, as well as ethical and religious questions raised by "synthetic biology." Also, Stocks dive on worries about European banks and political tensions in Korea, and South Africa tries to put its own stamp on an international extravaganza, the World Cup.
Banner image: President Barack Obama (R) presents a 2008 National Medal of Science to biologist J. Craig Venter (L) during an East Room ceremony October 7, 2009 at the White House. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images