September 12, 2005
The next step after reading genetic code is writing it. Biotech pioneers J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith recently launched Synthetic Genomics, a Rockville, MD-based “synthetic biology” startup aimed at creating custom-made micro-organisms.
They are synthesizing entirely new DNA strands with the aim of controlling a particular life function. They then insert those into cells and have them execute that function.
The focus is on big problems with… read more