The synthetic genome
"from frankenstein’s monster through i, robot to the lost young cyborg of steven spielberg’s ai, the idea of creating artificial life from inert matter has long inspired human imagination.
last week that thrilling but unsettling goal appeared to have come a step closer with the announcement by craig venter, the maverick scientist, that his laboratory had constructed the world’s first completely synthetic genome.
he described how he had used laboratory chemicals to recreate an almost exact copy of the genetic material found inside a tiny bacterium - and was now attempting to slot it into an empty cell in the hope of creating a new life form."
if they are doing this in the open, the work going on in secret must be very interesting.
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