TED: Craig Venter unveils “synthetic life”

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:

More news:

And finally the paper itself:

Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome

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

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