Donnerstag, 20. Mai 2010

'Artificial life' breakthrough announced by scientists

Synthetic cell (Science)
The synthetic cell looks identical to the 'wild type'

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.

The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms.

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