Interesting BBC science article.
Scientists believe they will be able to create synthetic lifeforms within
the next decade.
That is the confident prediction of researchers at the University of Texas
who have managed to assemble very long strands of the life molecule, DNA, in
Researchers working in this field believe such "engineering" expertise will
be an essential first step if we want to make novel bacteria to order. Such
microbes could play an invaluable role in medicine, industry and in
The breakthrough that is still necessary to do this is to know how to
jumpstart the genome
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