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December 01, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 21)

Synthetic Bio Not Yet Ready for the Market

Lab-Designed Calls and Pathways Take Genetic and Metabolic Engineering to Next Level

  • In May of this year, the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) announced it had created the first fully synthetic, self-replicating bacterial cell ( Mycoplasma nycoides JCVI-syn1.0). While this proof-of-concept demonstration of an “artificial life form”  might raise justifiable fears about the dangers of unregulated or nefarious synthetic biology efforts, ...

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