Unveiling "synthetic life": Craig Venter on

Posted by: Matthew Trost

At a press event in Washington, DC, Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. (Recorded at the Newseum, May 2010 in Washington, DC. Duration: 18:18)

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Comments (1)

  • Jon Hamie commented on May 22 2010

    I was at this event. It was amazing to be part of such significant history. I will be detailing my experience on my blog.