Enhanced Humans

Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures

  • In a makeshift laboratory in San Francisco, his synthetic biology company uses lasers to create custom DNA for major pharmaceutical companies.
  • Its mission, to “democratize creation” with minimal to no regulation, frightens bioethicists as deeply as it thrills Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
  • His 11-person team has raised $10 million from more than 120 investors, including Peter Thiel’s venture firm Founders Fund.

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