Craig Venter tells Industrial Biotechnology that his and his colleagues' development of a synthetic genome showed that DNA is somewhat like a software system that can be programmed, and that proof-of-principle study can to applied broadly to a number of societal challenges.

For instance, Venter notes that his company Synthetic Genomics is focused on developing cells as a source of food, vaccines, antimicrobials, and, in the longer run, fuel.

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