Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism w fully redesigned DNA

Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism w fully redesigned DNA

Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. In a two-year effort, researchers at the laboratory of molecular biology, at Cambridge University, read and redesigned the DNA of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E coli), before creating cells with a synthetic version of the altered genome. The redesigned genetic code was then chemically synthesised and, piece by piece, added to E coli where it replaced the organism’s natural genome.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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