October 07, 2007

synthetic chromosome created, First Synthetic Life within weeks

The Guardian indicates Craig Venter's team has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.

The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes.

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