DNA Like Software, Cells Like Computers

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Fri, May 21st, 2010 09:33 by capnasty NEWS

Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday. The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA.

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