Friday, March 7, 2008

Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life | TED

Filmed Feb 2008; Posted Mar 2008
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" asks Craig Venter. And his answer is, yes, and pretty soon. He walks the TED2008 audience through his latest research into "fourth-generation fuels" -- biologically created fuels with CO2 as their feedstock. His talk covers the details of creating brand-new chromosomes using digital technology, the reasons why we would want to do this, and the bioethics of synthetic life. A fascinating Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson follows (two words: suicide genes).

Disclosure notice: TED Curator Chris Anderson was an early private investor in Craig Venter's company Synthetic Genomics. His ownership position is less than 1% of the company.

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