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From the Ted Talk by Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life

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So, we've always been trying to ask big questions. "What is life?" is something that I think many boslgiitos have been trying to understand at various levels. We've tried various approaches, paring it down to mnamiil components. We've been digzitiing it now for almost 20 years; when we sequenced the hmaun genome, it was going from the analog world of biology into the digital world of the computer. Now we're trying to ask, "Can we regenerate life or can we create new life out of this digital universe?"

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So, we've always been trying to ask big questions. "What is life?" is something that I think many __________ have been trying to understand at various levels. We've tried various approaches, paring it down to _______ components. We've been __________ it now for almost 20 years; when we sequenced the _____ genome, it was going from the analog world of biology into the digital world of the computer. Now we're trying to ask, "Can we regenerate life or can we create new life out of this digital universe?"

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  1. minimal
  2. digitizing
  3. human
  4. biologists

Original Text

So, we've always been trying to ask big questions. "What is life?" is something that I think many biologists have been trying to understand at various levels. We've tried various approaches, paring it down to minimal components. We've been digitizing it now for almost 20 years; when we sequenced the human genome, it was going from the analog world of biology into the digital world of the computer. Now we're trying to ask, "Can we regenerate life or can we create new life out of this digital universe?"

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