Bloggingheads: Synthetic biology and Neandertal genomics

I got to return to bloggingheads.tv this week for Science Saturday, with a conversation between me and Christina Agapakis, of the Oscillator blog.

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Here’s a non-embedded link to the diavlog. Christina’s work is in synthetic biology, and we talked a lot about the recent announcement from the J. Craig Venter Institute, with some background on what synthetic biology is, and how the newsmaking work fits into the field as a whole. I learned a lot from our conversation. We got to the Neandertal genome in the second half of our conversation, and we found several common links – and neither of us mentioned synthetic Neandertals once!