Craig Venter's artificial life--new genetically-modified organism?

I forgot to buy my ticket for Craig Venter's lecture in Portland, Oregon November 15. Now, it may be too late.

Venter, of the human genome controversy, has announced that he has created artificial life. He--or someone in his laboratory--created a "chromosome" from 381 genes taken from Mycobacterium genitalum and inserted this material into a bacterium from which 1/3 of the genes necessary for life had been removed. The bacterium multiplied. In germ terms, that means it was alive.

The story is all over the media; you shold have no problem finding a copy.

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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