Designing Life

I’ve been too busy to post, so let me share this lecture by Craig Venter with you. Venter talks about a real example of design interfacing with biology – the attempt to design synthetic life. The lecture makes some interesting points. Halfway through, Venter expresses certainty that life can exist in outer space. He then talks about lateral gene transfer playing a huge role in evolution. And it is also interesting to watch him seamlessly knit human design and biology together – our ability to design is largely dependent on the fact that biology is not only so accessible to design, but it facilitates our efforts.

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