Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms – washingtonpost.com

by Gilbert Keith

Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms – washingtonpost.com
It has been 50 years since scientists first created DNA in a test tube, stitching ordinary chemical ingredients together to make life’s most extraordinary molecule. Until recently, however, even the most sophisticated laboratories could make only small snippets of DNA — an extra gene or two to be inserted into corn plants, for example, to help the plants ward off insects or tolerate drought.

Now researchers are poised to cross a dramatic barrier: the creation of life forms driven by completely artificial DNA.
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This is closer than I thought it would be. Of course, things happen pretty quickly these days so it might not be as surprising.. But anyway, interesting development.

–Gautam

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