20. May 2010 22:05
The organism is controlled by entirely synthetic DNA developed in the lab. The research will most likely have negative ethical implications (real or imagined) but also significant potential for good.
‘This is literally a turning point in the relationship between man and nature,’ said molecular biologist Richard Ebright at Rutgers University, who wasn't involved in the project. ‘For the first time, someone has generated an entire artificial cell with predetermined properties.’
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