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Submission + - Scientists Create Synthetic Life (Bacteria) (jcvi.org)

Mark Leaman writes: "I just spotted this breaking story over on BoingBoing.net. "On May 20th, J. Craig Venter and his team at J.C Venter Institute announced the creation of a cell controlled by a synthetic genome in a paper published in SCIENCE. As science historian George Dyson points out, "from the point of view of technology, a code generated within a digital computer is now self-replicating as the genome of a line of living cells. From the point of view of biology, a code generated by a living organism has been translated into a digital representation for replication, editing, and transmission to other cells.""

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