So he is finally done, very cool.
This really was the next thing the synbio community was waiting for(what's the next big event in the pipe?)
There is something I've been thinking of in regards to this.
Venter built the chromosome artificially from scratch and put it into an existing chassis. But does the chassis have – at least in part - its own chemistry, with its own regulation that doesn't involve the DNA? Information that gets passed on by the cytoplasm during cell division?
The chromosome has the blueprint for all proteins, so maybe everything needed to reverse engineer the regulation can be contained there.. but then again the chassis, not the chromosome, holds the information on the concentration and placement of those proteins. It seems feasible to me that the chassis holds information not contained in the chromosome. Such as settings(at least).
This is maybe something every one but me already know the answer to?
In any case one can do useful enough stuff without fully understanding the finer points of the chassis.
I like the Venterian esthetics of that Guardian clip... the way he takes his time to explain the news on a shitty webcam. The man is extremely wealthy, he is changing the world in a very real sense... and delivers the news on a shitty webcam from what looks like his living room.
The man, the myth, the legend, the punk.