Reprogramming the genome to transform one species to another

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Craig Venter, best known for his work on the Human Genome Project, has announced the results of his lab’s work on genome transplantation methods that allows for the transformation of one type of bacteria into another, dictated by the transplanted chromosome. In other words, one species becomes another. In speaking of this achievement to Edge, Venter said: “This is a major advance in the field of synthetic genomics. We now know we can create a synthetic organism. It’s not a question of ‘if’, or ‘how’, but ‘when’, and in this regard, think weeks and months, not years.” I’ll take an artificial manatee with hoover attachment and a couple of David Duchovnys. [GT]

CHANGING ONE SPECIES TO ANOTHER (via Boing Boing)

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