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George Church graces the August issue of Wired to discuss his personal genome project. The article follows Church's career, including him sitting in front of a teletype in 1967 and up to the development of the Polonator. The PGP allowed what Church calls his "year of convergence" -- when the different threads of his career, as a geneticist, technologist, and synthetic biologist, wove together. He also sees genomics as a source of inspiration. "We need to inspire our current youth in a way that outer space exploration inspired us in 1960.

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