minimal life

US geneticist Craig Venter has been given ethical approval and a government grant to build the first artificial bacterium. Working with Nobel Prize-winning DNA expert Hamilton Smith, he plans to create a single-celled organism with the minimum number of genes to sustain life.

this could be the drosophila of proteomics by having an idealized organism that is as simple as it can possibly be. even then, this organism will still be orders of magnitude more complex than cellular automata. now that i have more time, i need to delve into a new kind of science