Going minimalist: Tracking the hunt for the world’s simplest cell.

On March 24th, 2016 the J. Craig Venter Institute announced they had successfully developed a free-living cell with the smallest possible genome. Unlike their first synthetic cells made in 2010 from a preexisting bacterial genome, this organism, affectionately named JCVI-syn3.0, is made entirely from scratch.


What does JCVI-syn3.0 mean for the future of genomics? Are we witnessing a new age of synthetic biology? Will we be able to match our ethical standards to our technological progress?

Join us on April 20th at 7:30PM in Ada’s Technical Books for a discussion on going minimalist: tracking the hunt for the world’s simplest cells.


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