Boonsri Dickinson, a blogger at SmartPlanet (which is sponsored by IBM), says that JCVI's "Daniel Gibson can synthesize genomes the way the Iron Chef whips up a mean dinner dish." In speaking with Gibson recently, Dickinson collected the researcher's thoughts on building genomes, producing vaccines, and leisure-reading.

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