"Venter says that the cell constitutes a brand new, artificial species."

Synthetic Biology

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Sun, Mar 27th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Nature brings to attention the work being done by synthetic biologist Craig Venter and his team, who have created a synthetic cell that contains just 473 genes "built from scratch."

This has blown Fussenegger away. “We’ve sequenced everything on this planet, and we still don’t know 149 genes that are most essential for life!” he says. “This is the coolest thing I want to know.”

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