In his occasional series on Huffington Post, James A. Shapiro---a distinguished bacterial geneticist at the University of Chicago---responded to a recent column of mine about his work (originally published on 5/3/2012).
Shapiro's reply was called "Natural Genetic Engineering and Vitalism: What's the Difference?" (5/15/2012).
I have the impression that Professor Shapiro and I are in broad agreement and that the apparent difference of opinion between us is largely verbal. Moreover, I do not wish to appear to be gratuitously manufacturing controversy.