November 21, 2002
Incept date: Nov 2002

Craig Venter (Celera) and Hamilton O. Smith, a Nobel laureate, to create a single-celled, partially man-made organism.

Cool.

"To ensure safety, Smith and Venter said the cell will be deliberately hobbled to render it incapable of infecting people; it also will be strictly confined, and designed to die if it does manage to escape into the environment."

Uh, right.

"The project will begin with M. genitalium, a minuscule organism that lives in the genital tracts of people and may cause or contribute to some cases of urethritis, an inflammation of the urethra."

Holy Jeezus.

Posted by tmonkey at November 21, 2002 10:40 PM
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