Via TED (which neatly follows yesterday’s prominent and ubiquitous science news. More links below):
Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.
The interview on Skype for Science magazine:
- First ’synthetic life’: Scientists ‘boot up’ a bacterial cell with a synthetic genome (PhysOrg)
- Man-made Genetic Instructions Yield Living Cells for the First Time (SciAm)
- Do Synthetic Biologists Play God? (Discovery)
- Synthetic Biology Breakthrough: Your Questions Answered (Science)
- Sizing up the ‘synthetic cell’ (Nature, eight experts about the implications of the J. Craig Venter Institute’s latest creation)
- James Joyce’s Words Come To Life, And Are Promptly Desecrated (The Loom)
- First round of ill-informed objections to the first synthetic bacterium (Pharyngula)
- On “Creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome” (Edge, commentary by Rodney Brooks, PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins, George Church, Nassim N. Taleb, Daniel C. Dennett, Dimitar Sasselov, Antony Hegarty, George Dyson, Kevin Kelly, Freeman Dyson)
- A New Age of Wonder (Edge, a chronology of events/news leading up to this research announcement)
- Life Made to Order, commentary by Peter Singer (philosopher, author)
- And of course the know-nothings feel obliged to chime in as well: Church warns cell scientists not to play God
And finally the paper itself:
Daniel G. Gibson1, John I. Glass1, Carole Lartigue1, Vladimir N. Noskov1, Ray-Yuan Chuang1, Mikkel A. Algire1, Gwynedd A. Benders2, Michael G. Montague1, Li Ma1, Monzia M. Moodie1, Chuck Merryman1, Sanjay Vashee1, Radha Krishnakumar1, Nacyra Assad-Garcia1, Cynthia Andrews-Pfannkoch1, Evgeniya A. Denisova1, Lei Young1, Zhi-Qing Qi1, Thomas H. Segall-Shapiro1, Christopher H. Calvey1, Prashanth P. Parmar, Clyde A. Hutchison III2, Hamilton O. Smith2, and J. Craig Venter1,2*
1 The J. Craig Venter Institute, 9704 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA.
2 The J. Craig Venter Institute, 10355 Science Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.
* To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: jcventer(at)jcvi.org