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Artificial life? Synthetic genes 'boot up' cell

  By TechUniverse
Researchers trying to make synthetic life in the lab have "booted up" a hollowed-out bacterium using a human-made genome in a major step toward making synthetic life. They hope to use their stripped-down version of a bacterium to eventually engineer custom-made microbes. "This is the first synthetic cell that's been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer," said genome pioneer Craig Venter, who led the research. "This is the first self-replicating species that we have had on the planet whose parent is a computer," he added. Read More

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