The deployment of network architectures is often manual, ad hoc and time consuming. In this paper we introduce a new paradigm for automating the life cycle process for the creation, deployment and management of network architectures and envision programmable networks capable of spawning distinct "child" virtual networks with their own transport, control and management systems. A child network operates on a subset of its "parent's" network resources and in isolation from other virtual networks. Child networks support the controlled access to communities of users with specific connectivity, security and quality of service requirements. In this paper we introduce the Genesis Kernel, a virtual network operating system capable of profiling, spawning and managing virtual network architectures on-the-fly.