Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Shot this portrait of two scientists today who in my mind are rock stars. It's funny, I even was a tad bit nervous to meet them. Hamilton Smith and Clyde Hutchinson, with help and funding from the J Craig Venter Institute, created the first synthetic cell. The creation of this basic form of life in a lab opens-up all kind of cool possibilities Realistically, and most likely within our lifetime, it might mean they can grow tissue to replace dead or cancerous tissue in humans. I like to go a step farther, a-la Steven Spielberg, and think someday we might be able to grow humans, maybe around robots just like in AI or Terminator. Probably the best thing though is that we did it first right here in the good ole USA. Take that China!