T Goodman
May 21, 2010

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Today, in Science, the first artificial cell was born.

Scientists from the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Maryland and California announced today that they have developed the first synthetic living cell. Though theoretically this cell is the first step in the creation of artificial life, the inventors are focusing their efforts on creating new fuels, effective ways to clean polluted water, and faster vaccine production….

Scientists have moved single genes and chunks of DNA from one species to another before, but Dr. Craig Venter’s team met a milestone a few years ago, transplanting an entire natural genome of one bacterium into another and watched the original goat germ turn into a cattle germ.

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