Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The First Self-replicating Cell with a Computer for a Parent - Synthetic Life.

"Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they've created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science."   It took about 15 years for the team to complete the work on this project, which was funded by Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

Craig Venter is known for his role in the private effort to sequence the human genome.

Press Release 5/20/10:  First Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell
First Self-replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell (Overview)
J. Craig Venter Institute
Synthetic Genomics|Options for Governance

Colonies of the transformed Mycoplasma mycoides bacterium. Image Credit:  J. Craig Venter Institute

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