J. Craig Venter is being compared to Galileo, Darwin and Einstein — at the same time he's denounced for trying to "play God." In the 1990's, he beat a team of international scientists in deciphering the human genome. Last week, he announced a breakthrough in creating life in a laboratory, which he called "the first self-replicating species… whose parent is a computer."
Are Scientists Closer to Creating Life in a Laboratory?
David Biello - TED Talks - @dbiello, Clyde Hutchison - Distinguished Investigator, J. Craig Venter Institute, David Baltimore - California Institute of Technology, Julian Savulescu - Director, Oxford University's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics