A very interesting 60 Minutes perspective on J. Craig Venter, first to decode the human DNA and now first to have created an artificial bacteria. I liked the way Venter depicted DNA design as a probably the most advanced way of programming the most complex software in the universe.
“(CBS) For generations, scientists have wrestled with the idea of creating new forms of life in the laboratory. Now that age is upon us.
The latest milestone occurred this summer when microbiologist J. Craig Venter announced that a team of his scientists had created a synthetic bacteria designed on a computer, with man-made DNA. The announcement was greeted with a mixture of praise, skepticism and rancor, which is familiar territory for Venter.
He is one of the most famous scientists in the world, known for his pioneering work in deciphering the human genetic code. But he is also one of the most controversial – an iconoclast with a brilliant mind and an outsized ego who has flaunted the conventional wisdom, and tweaked the staid scientific establishment at every turn.”