AL

“Life, is simply self-reproduction with variations.”
Discussion on Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics


“The only DNA in the cells is the designed synthetic DNA sequence, including “watermark” sequences and other designed gene deletions and polymorphisms, and mutations acquired during the building process. “
— Gibson et al., 10.1126/science.1190719 — Science


+

“The watermark, Dr Venter says, includes a cipher which contains the URL of a website and three quotations, if you can work out how to decode it. The plaintext part of the watermark brands the bug as Dr Venter’s own, encoding its serial number as JCVI-syn1.0.”

Economist. May 20th