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The Alien Genome

Forget sending humans to Mars, Craig Venter and Jonathan Rothberg want to send sequencers to the red planet, according to Technology Review.

Venter, speaking at the Wired Health Conference in New York, said that his company Synthetic Genomics and the J. Craig Venter Institute plan to "develop a machine capable of sequencing and beaming back DNA data from Mars," Tech Review reports.

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