Reference article – https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve
Organically grown, artificial, self reproducing machines are here.
This is still very far away from highly evolved artificial life but has its potential uses.
Highly evolved artificially engineered life is also a reality now but that’s not about creating life from scratch. That’s all about genetically re-engineering an already evolved species.
The old GMO techniques were slow, expensive and error prone.
The new techniques using CRISPR and others like it are precise, inexpensive, quick and quite easy.
I would really like a phosphorescent pet dog that glows bright red in the dark. Just kidding….