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  • Biochemist in L.A. Times

    By Tara Chandler
    Published: Feb. 7, 2008

    Using off-the-shelf chemical compounds, scientists for the first time have constructed the entire genome of a bacterium, a key step toward their ultimate goal of creating synthetic life forms. The man-made DNA was nearly identical to the natural version on which it was based — with minor modifications to identify it and render it harmless …

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