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Genomic Graffiti

Carl Zimmer realized that the watermarks the Venter team left in their synthetic organism will be reduced to gibberish over a few generations. The marks were added to non-protein-coding spots which are not only subject to random mutations but also can be spliced into fragments or totally removed from the genome by transposons.

Zimmer also says Venter's team was not playing God, but The Intersection's Sheril Kirshenbaum posted a cartoon from God's perspective.

 

The Scan

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