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.
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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