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Dimitar Sasselov: Generation II -- Let There Be Light

Suzan Mazur | Posted 09.27.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

One of Sasselov's most important contributions in science could turn out to be his expertise in ultraviolet radiation: Sasselov is now designing the UV light in which the world's first synthesized protocell, which he calls "Generation II," is expected to emerge in roughly three years and begin a new tree of life.

Programming the Code: J. Craig Venter Talks Building DNA (And Organisms) From Scratch... And I Have Questions!

Peter Byck | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Peter Byck

He said they can take a full DNA sequence, place it into an organism's cell, like an algae cell, and then the new code takes over and erases the natural, original DNA, and the cell becomes the programmed DNA's entity. But why wouldn't the cell fight off the new DNA as if it were a virus?

Genes that Promote Self-Promotion

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Neil S. Greenspan

It is impossible to say if results from JCVI will pave the way to fantastic, useful new technological capabilities. Regardless, media claims of a "breakthrough" are either premature or wrong.