Louie comments on Venter

Aloisius Louie, author of More Than Life Itself [1], was one of a number of scientists asked to write an article [2] for the Journal of Cosmology commenting on Venter’s recent success in bioengineering [3]. Louie puts the Venter success into proper context:

The important and consequential Venter achievement is an impressive one in technology, but no synthetic life, alas, has been made. An achievement is diminished if it is accompanied by overreaching claims of success, when such hyperbolic ‘accomplishment’ is illusory, and not entailed from what has actually been done.



[1] Louie, A. 2009. More Than Life itself: A Synthetic Continuation in Relational Biology. Ontos-Verlag.

[2] Louie, A. 2010. “Artificial Claims About Synthetic Life: The View from Relational Biology”. Jrnl of Cosmology. Vol 8. Article 19. 

[3] Gibson et al. 2010. “Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome”. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719

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