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Last week the J. Craig Venter Institute reported in Science that they had created the first synthetic life form, its DNA crafted in a lab and then inserted into an unsuspecting yeast (and surely quite startled) bacteria cell. The study’s lead author notes that the cell’s lineage took shape in a computer and was not derived from a naturally occurring genome. So why might this matter to the Joyce world? It turns out, according to the Christian Science Monitor, that the creators inserted a “watermark” in the synthetic DNA. When decoded, this special sequence spells out the names of those involved with the project along with quotes from Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, and the following from A Portrait: “To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life.” This gives an entirely new meaning to genetic studies of Joyce.