Are We One Step Closer to Artificial Life?

Genome pioneer Craig Venter and a team of scientists have successfully turned one species of bacteria into another. Venter says the research could mark the first steps toward being able to create artificial life by inserting an entirely synthetic genome into a bacterial cell.

J. Craig Venter, founder and president, J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, M.D.

Mildred Cho, associate director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics; associate professor, pediatrics, Stanford University Medical Center

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