Yes, it’s the 199th birthday of Franz Liszt today BUT it was Craig Venter‘s birthday 8 days ago and he’s only 64 (which is 8 squared). Since 8 is good luck in China and to commemorate the birth of a guy who spends all day playing around with DNA we’re revisiting a piece we did for Radiolab’s show on the possibilities and perils of artificially creating life. If messing with DNA really IS the answer to all our problems then bio-engineers deserve as much fanfare as we can give them. So here’s our salute to all of you genetic modifiers out there!
Featured this time around are members of the Friends-of-Higher-Mammals Master Chorale (they are: Kendra May, Kysa Christie, Maura Reilly, Tove Finnestad, Wendy Roderweiss, Nicholas Longobardi, JonPaul Burkhart, Frank Hayn III, Reid Swanson, Kate Ivanjack, D.J. Pick, Jason Major). I’d rather be swapping genes!