If an atomic/molecular/yet-unguessed-at structure can be held in stasis for 10K-to-50K years, and then (re) animated, what exactly is life?
The two most basic indicators of life are a) replication of itself and b) information gathering via DNA or some other mechanism.
The common result of life is an overall increase in entropy, although it decreases for subsystems.
But what exactly is it? When can we make it in the lab from scratch?