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The label on the synethic genome

Wired Science, with the help of a few scientists, has decoded the “watermarks” placed in the synthetic genome recently constructed by the Venter Institute. So, what were the no-doubt profound messages tucked inside the first synthetic genome:


Yep. The names of people who worked on the genome. It makes sense, though. The Venter Institute is aiming to create designer organisms. And what designer item is complete without a logo? These kinds of watermarks could become the “LV” or “Intel Inside” of synthetic biology.

Of course, they’ll be a little harder for Jessica Simpson to flaunt on the red carpet.

-Greg Dahlmann

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+ Wired: three smart things about genomics
+ What do Bacteria have to do with Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?
+ On Human Genomes and “Rewriting the Textbooks”

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