Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
Mr Venter said he had carried out an ethical review before completing the experiment. "We feel that this is good science," he said.
He has further heightened the controversy surrounding his potential breakthrough by applying for a patent for the synthetic bacterium.
The old dichotomy....
06 October 2007