We Can Now Build Biomolecules From Computer Code — No Humans Necessary

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By FTN Editorial Team

by Karla Lant


People often describe DNA as the “blueprint” for life, and geneticist J. Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics have created a machine that uses it precisely that way. Their digital-to-biological converter (DBC) can receive a digitized genetic sequence from anywhere on Earth — or in the solar system — and automatically make biological materials using that code.