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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Entire Synthetic Genome Stitched Together

Stitching DNA, yes it is not the same stitching your Grandma with clothes or your doctor with your gashes did. It is a whole new type of stitching according to a National Geographic Article.
Scientists yesterday announced that they have successfully created an entire synthetic genome in the lab by stitching together the DNA of the smallest known free-living bacterium, Mycoplasma genitalium. Experts are hailing the research as an important breakthrough in genetic manipulation that will one day lead to the "routine" creation of synthetic genomes—possibly including those of mammals.
This type of accomplishments would then allow scientists to create synthetic life-forms that may one day produce biofuels, clean up toxic waste, and fight global warming.
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