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Published on Apr 3, 2008
The J. Craig Venter Institute recently announced the creation of the world's first wholly synthetic bacterial genome. For better or worse, this achievement by the celebrated and controversial scientist and his team marked the beginning of human-designed life on Earth. This interdisciplinary symposium, "The Ethical Implications of Synthetic Life", features discussion from top experts in bioethics, genomics and policy on the social, political and moral implications of this rapidly growing technology with vast potential to be either friendly or a 21st-century Frankenstein. Welcome and introductions by Andrea Kalfoglou, moderated by Stephen Freeland, panelists: Deborah Matthews, Jaydee Hanson, Jef Boeke, and Gautam Mukunda.