Gibson et. al. from the Venter Institute have just published a report in Science Express (online only) that sounds very cool, but whose implications don’t seem to be well understood yet from experts in the field. Essentially the group synthesized the genome of one bacterial species and transplanted it into another bacterial species. What resulted was a new bacterial colony that only contained the proteins of the first species.
Unexpected results? What does it all mean? For more information, read Alla Katsnellson’s post in Naturenews.
Gibson, D.A. et al., Science advance online publication doi:10.1126/science.1190719 (2010)
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