So this is fascinating, both on a general interest level and to those of you mgobloggers who are computer geeks. Scientists have created the first synthetic cell, which is a monumental achievement, with both scientific and ethical ramifications for the future. In doing so part of the process was replacing the organism's genome with one written entirely in code. The story is here in the WSJ, I've linked to it but am not sure it's clickable since the WSJ is subscriber based (some articles are not behind paywalls). I've also linked to an NYT story but that one doesn't do as nice a job explaining the process, focusing more on the ethical issues.
it's a major award