Issue Date: July 19, 2010
Before dawn one Monday morning this spring, Dan Gibson peered through an electron microscope in a Rockville, Md., lab. What the genetic researcher saw was a milestone in his field. Two blue blobs of cell colonies that resembled a pair of eyeballs stared back at him. A cell, the first controlled by a synthetic genome, had reproduced, proving it was functional.
Gibson’s finding called for a cautiously worded 6 AM text message to . . .
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