in the spring of 2010, @JCVenter – the “richest and most powerful man in biotechnology,” he’s been called – announced the creation of a new life form. Synthetic life. Genetically coded on a computer, and popped to life. Specifications dropped in by a human hand. Self-replicating and ready to go. It was a bombshell in biology circles. The rest of the world is still taking it onboard. Now Venter’s talking about it as a challenge to our understanding of life itself. A boon, he hopes. And maybe a teleporter, too. On Point: Craig Venter on the advance of synthetic life.We'll soon be reading his Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life. And then, a fictional take on its ethical implications from Richard Powers in Generosity: An Enhancement. Can't wait!