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'Artificial life' breakthrough announced
By T.K. Randall
May 21, 2010 · 9 comments
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Scientists in the US have announced the development of the world's first synthetic living cell.
The team developed and then transplanted "genetic software" in to the host cell. It is hoped that one day similar techniques could be used to make synthetic organisms capable of producing medicines or to absorb greenhouse gases.
Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell. The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA.
Source: BBC News
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