When Craig Venter was on his quest to sequence the human genome, Gene photographed him for the cover of the New York Times Magazine. After breaking the genome code, using his own DNA in the process, Craig Venter and a group of scientists started another quest: to create new species.
Although they didn’t accomplished that yet, today he announced to the world that they’ve create a synthetic cell. The first step in the creation of new species in a lab. Venter’s Company, Synthetic Genomics is attempting to create and use these new species so new vaccines or even fuel can be generated in the future. Now, maybe, in the near future.
Genetics apart, Gene definitely accomplished his task: to capture what 2.8 billion contiguous bits of genetic code look like.