The Canonical Human

Somewhat old news, but I'd wondered about it, and I just found this:

I'm the human genome, says 'Darth Venter' of genetics

Craig Venter, the controversial geneticist who led private industry's decoding of the human genome, has revealed a startling secret. The genome - unravelled two years ago - is his. [...]

Both sides of the decoding project - an international, publicly funded arm, and a private industrial group led by Celera - said they had used DNA from anonymous donors. Celera said theirs was drawn from a pool of 20 donors from five ethnic groups. But now Venter has revealed he had overridden the process when he was head of the company, with the result that its genome was mostly based on his DNA.

So here's a plot element for all you aspiring scifi writer out there: in the future, Venter will be massively cloned, since his is the canonical test-case genome. You'll find random easter-egg Venter replicants all over the place, just like how the Utah Teapot has been showing up in raytraced images for the last 30 years.

It will suck to be "him."

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