God is dead and Craig Venter has applied for the job!

Hello :)

I am doing the celebrity of the week a little beforehand once again. Mondays are oh so busy :(.

I am sure most of you have already guessed it correctly. Yes it is the almighty himself – Craig Venter.

He has successfully created life in his laboratory. Quite unbelievable! No wonder he looks like a man lost in his own bizarre world. In fact, this is a real Immaculate birth in the history of life. What exactly has he done? He has created the first replicating cell on  the planet whose parent is a computer.

I don’t want to get into the ethical issues. Only time can tell whether this is good or evil. However, this is a tremendous achievement for sure.

Now to talk about some interesting facts about the experiment;  Venter and his team introduced several distinctive markers into their synthesised genome. All of them were found in the synthetic cell when it was sequenced (boring I know but please read on).
These markers do not make any proteins, but they contain the names of 46 scientists on the project and several quotations written out in a secret code. The markers also contain the key to the code.
Crack the code and you can read the messages, but as a hint, Venter revealed the quotations: “To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life,” from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; “See things not as they are but as they might be,” which comes from American Prometheus, a biography of nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer; and Richard Feynman’s famous words: “What I cannot build I cannot understand.”

This experiment cost a staggering $40 million.

I am happy that I am able to write about this great achievement here.

Thanks a lot and have a fantastic weak ahead.

Au revoir

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