SPIEGEL: It took eight years from the time the first bacterial genome was decoded until the human genome was completed. How much time will elapse between the creation of the first synthetic bacteria and the creation of the first synthetic human?The interview's worth a read: the questioners come at him from as many angles as they can. Venter does his usual good job of being an asshole, but is also surprisingly clear about how much he doesn't know about any genome anywhere, which is not the Venter I remember. Mind you I haven't kept up.
Venter: There is currently no reason for us to synthesize human cells. I am, for example, a fan of the work that was done a short time ago that led to the decoding of the Neanderthal genome. But we don't need any more Neanderthals on the planet, right? We already have enough of them.
The bioforgery industry proceeds with or without meddlers in the genome:
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