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Tinker, Tailor: Can Venter Stitch Together a Genome From Scratch?

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Science  14 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5609, pp. 1006-1007
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5609.1006

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J. Craig Venter plans to create microbes to cure the world's environmental woes. Whether he can even partially succeed is an open question. Obstacles range from determining which genes are essential to how to switch on a new genome.