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Speaking to a crowd of scientists at the Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement meeting held in Moffett Field, Calif., last week, Craig Venter said he could think of no organization "that could benefit from synthetic genomics more than NASA," reports Space.com's Mike Wall.

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