Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Writing (Genetic) Code

PostedNovember 13, 2005

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Craig Venter is the co-founder of a start-up company in Rockville with huge ambitions.  Synthetic Genomics Inc plans to actually write genetic code that creates brand new bacteria with custom-made genetics that empower them to produce new clean fuels, eat up pollutants, make medicines, and more.  Venter's group says their bacteria will be engineered to only survive in a controlled environment.  The "base model," which they compare to a computer operating system, will have minimal genetic parts.  To that they hope to add genetic "software" written for specific, and maybe world-changing, tasks.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.