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There is an interesting and very thoughtful piece by Craig Venter and Daniel Gibson in today’s Wall Street Journal going through what their breakthrough is and what it isn’t, where they see the project going in the future, and why public discussion is important: [Previous genetic engineers] did not create life in a test tube,…

What Synthia Means To Me

The reaction to the Venter Institute’s synthetic genome transplantation has been decidedly mixed. Is this the beginning of something new and wonderful, the ability to really design organisms from scratch? Is it something more sinister, the beginning of a dark era where techno-corporate (or terrorist) interests can design something that will destroy the environment in…

This is a pretty old video we made about Craig Venter that I’ve shared before on Hydrocalypse, but I think now is a good time to share it again. When Craig isn’t creating synthetic bacteria, he’s sailing the world, searching the oceans for interesting DNA sequences. We were inspired by this lifestyle (and sometimes even…

Not just the genome

New in vitro fertilization technology is making it possible for someone to have two moms–one that provides the genome in the nucleus of the cell, and one that provides the rest of the egg cell, including the mitochondria. Since all mitochondria are passed down from the mother in the egg (sperm are just too small…