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Should We Synthesize a Human Genome? (By Drew Endy & Laurie Zoloth)

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Uploaded by Guillermo Santamaría on 17 May 2016
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This is an open letter

10 May 2016

At Harvard today an invitation-only group of mostly scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs,
~150 in total, met to discuss if and how to synthesize from scratch an entire human genome –
the heritable genetic material that in nature is transferred from parents to children. The
meeting was originally organized to focus on “deliverables and industry involvement” with
the primary goal of the project being “to synthesize a complete human genome in a cell line
within a period of ten years.”

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