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Top Stories of 2008: Synthetic Genome

One of the top science stories of 2008 from Discover magazine:
#41: A Synthetic Genome Is Built From Scratch

This is one of the top Science news in 2008. Scientists at JCVI synthesize the genome of¬†Mycoplasma¬†genitalium using E. coli and then yeast. Of course, there’s a long way to go from DNA to a functional organism. From transcription to translation, modification or mutations take place to give unexpected results. The researchers have also taken measures to make sure that¬†this synthetic genome can’t survive outside the lab (Adding their names and “JCVI” in the genetic code was pretty cool). While controversial, this development can tell us a lot about a cell on the molecular level in future research.

December 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment


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