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Monday, January 6, 2014

Craig Venter

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!

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