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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Semisynthetic Life

First stable semisynthetic organism created
February 3, 2017

DNA --- now with a new base pair! (credit: Romesberg Lab) 
Scientists hope to "impart life with new forms and functions"
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed the first stable semisynthetic organism — a bacterium with two new synthetic bases (called X and Y) added to the four natural bases (A, T, C, and G) that every living organism possesses. Adding two more letters to expand the genetic alphabet can be used to … more…

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