saturday in the guardian (not a regular reader of anything in the guardian besides the book section, stumbled across it just now)
Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
sounds…strange. wonder how hard that was to do, mr. venter not being the best-loved man in the science community, I gather,and rather prone to lies and/or exaggerations.
If anyone conversant in this stuff can tell me more about it or link me up (books are allowed) to something helpful, I’d be very thankful.
this here’s bullshit of course:
Mr Venter told the Guardian he thought this landmark would be “a very important philosophical step in the history of our species. We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before”.