This is freaking awesome. It’s only a matter of time before we have custom house pets, bacteria that cleans air, water and anything else we want, in fact, bacteria that creates just about any chemical element or structure that we want. The possibilities are pretty wild.
The part about watermarks in the DNA is impressive.
Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.
You also may be interested in Gregory Stock on TED with “To Upgrade is Human”: http://www.ted.com/talks/gregory_stock_to_upgrade_is_human.html