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Venter admits misquoting Feynman in synthetic DNA; in vitro Parkinson's; immune modulator for melanoma wins US approval

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

Bob started with The Scientist as a staff writer in 2007. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Audubon and earned a master’s degree in science journalism...

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Mar 30, 2011
This week's news includes an admission by genomic pioneer Craig Venter that he and his team mangled a famous quote by physicist Richard Feynman when encoding it as a watermark in the DNA of the first ever synthetic organism, the report of a Parkinson's research breakthrough, an announcement that the FDA has approved a novel melanoma drug, details of an artificial leaf that may power our homes in the future, and the genetic mutation that Elizabeth Taylor used to her advantage.Venter misquotes Feynman in DNA
Craig Venter
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It turns out that Craig Venter needs to brush up on his Richard Feynman history. When Venter and his team successfully linkurl:constructed; the first ever cell controlled by a synthetic genome last year, they cleverly placed some playful watermarks in the genetic code to prove that the bacterial cell really was running the inserted, synthetic DNA. Using an alphabetic...
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