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'Synthetic' Chromosome Permits Rapid, On-demand 'Evolution' of Yeast
September 14, 2011
In the quest to understand genomes--how they're built, how they're organized and what makes them work--a team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has engineered from scratch, a computer-designed yeast chromosome and incorporated it into their creation--a new system that lets scientists intentionally rearrange the yeast's genetic material. A report of their work appears Sept. 14 as an advance online publication in the journal Nature.
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