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VenterThe Dawn of an Era 

In his NEW BOOK 'Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life' J. CRAIG VENTER, 2012 laureate, explains the coming era of discovery (see Wired interview below).

What is the significance of Venter's research? The monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey provides a sense of impending revelation, a message of great importance to the future of the human race; today's monolith is situated at the J Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, CA and Synthetic Genomics, La Jolla, CA . In the words of J. Craig Venter "humankind is entering a new phase of evolution….This is the first self-replicating species on the planet whose parent is a computer"

Today's revelation is the creation of the first synthetic cell by J. Craig Venter, the transformation of inanimate chemicals into a living organism, raising profound questions about the essence of life. However, questions have been raised as to the ethics of this groundbreaking research – profound human ingenuity, audacious hubris, hope for the future, or potential disaster?

Read the interview in Wired