Friday, August 21, 2009
Artificial life will be made to order in the laboratory within four months, a controversial biologist has claimed.
U.S genome expert Craig Venter, said his team have overcome a vital obstacle in the development of new man-made organisms.
The scientist, named as one of the most influential people in the world, said the first ‘synthetic species’ could be created this year.
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Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute, in Rockville, Maryland, successfully transplanted an entire synthetic genome from one bacteria into another for the first time.
They believe the ‘gene swap’ experiment will help scientists alter bacteria to perform a range of ambitious applications.
This article was posted: Friday, August 21, 2009 at 11:26 am