Just Fax it from Mars

It would take a while to move samples between Mars and the Earth. Craig Venter, though, is working on a digital biological converter that would allow the content of Martian samples to, in essence, be faxed from the Red Plant to the Earth where that information could be placed into a blank cell and "booted up," the New York Times reports.

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