Scientists create first-ever synthetic chromosome for yeast

03/27/2014 | BBC

An international team of scientists created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast, "moving the needle in synthetic biology from theory to reality," said team leader Jef Boeke of the Langone Medical Center at New York University. "What's really exciting about it is the extent to which we have changed the sequence and still come out with a happy healthy yeast at the end," he added. The tweaks included eliminating repeated sections of the original DNA as well as "junk" DNA, and adding "special widgets" that give the chromosome new functions.

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