After finding the reference number for the synthetic Mycoplasma genitalium, Wired Science looked up the five watermarks in the organism's Genbank entry. The five coded messages are not Latin poetry as Icon Genetics used in their Arabidopsis thaliana demonstration, but rather are: VENTERINSTITVTE, CRAIGVENTER, HAMSMITH, CINDIANDCLYDE, and GLASSANDCLYDE. Blogger Simon Greenhill at Henry adds, "I can't decide whether this is kinda cute, kinda arrogant, or totally cool in a yay-for-hubris sort of way."
Not Arrogant. Not at All
Jan 29, 2008