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Researchers advance toward engineering "wildly new genome"
October 17, 2013
In two parallel projects, researchers have rewritten the genetic code of the bacterium E. coli. In the first study, they created a genetically and biochemically novel organism by erasing every example of a single codon from the entire genome. In the second, they tested whether all codons could be swapped to a synonymous codon in 42 separate genes, while eliminating every instance of 13 codons throughout each of those genes.
Harvard Medical School
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