Venter's team reports feat in quest for artificial life

08/20/2009 | Bloomberg

Genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter and his colleagues said they were able to develop a functional type of bacteria by modifying the bacterial chromosomes to prevent them from being attacked by restriction enzymes -- proteins that chop up the DNA of foreign organisms and thwarted previous efforts of Venter's team to create a synthetic life. "It's a step closer to the manufacture of bacteria that could be used in biotechnology for the benefit of humankind," a molecular genetics professor said.

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