Researchers have rebuilt an entire genome from scratch, they report online today in Science. Although the team has yet to demonstrate that this DNA can substitute for the real thing, the work paves the way for customized bacteria that could efficiently produce drugs, biofuels, and other molecules useful to humankind.
I mentioned this briefly in class for some reason. It might be more MCDB1A material but it's amazing stuff. Here's the news article from Science where they published the study and an article from Wired magazine that reveals what Venter's 'watermarks' are.
With the help of what he calls "digital biology," he can begin to redesign life.