Synthetic Life Has Been Streamlined And Is Ready To Be Put To Work
A new study pinpoints the fewest genes needed for a bacteria to thrive, and we don't know what a third of them do.By Steven Sparkman | March 24, 2016
In 2010, researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute announced they'd created a bacteria that runs entirely on lab-made DNA — the world's first synthetic life-form. More than five years later later, they've streamlined, stripped down and organized that life-form, and are ready to turn it into a tiny factory.
The team's 2010 announcement made headlines around the world.
"This is the first self-replicating species that we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer," Venter said.