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News Release 11-192

A Call to Arms for Synthetic Biology

Scientists have synthesized from scratch a so-called chromosome "arm"--one of the largest DNA molecules ever synthesized, and developed a new method for shuffling an organism's genetic deck

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yeast cells.

Yeast cells of the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Credit: Jef D. Boeke and Sarah Richardson, Johns Hopkins University

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