Special report: Where next for synthetic life?
By Ewen Callaway and Andy Coghlan Editorial: Venter: The implications of our synthetic cell MAKE a genome – check. Transplant it into an emptied cell to create the world’s first synthetic life form – check. Frenzied media coverage accusing the researchers concerned of “playing God” – check. Craig Venter and his teams at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and San Diego, California, have shown themselves to be technical wizards by synthesising a genome from code contained on a computer,