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Synthetic Life May Reveal Origins of Natural Life


Stuart Fox
LiveScience Staff Writer – Tue May 25, 8:25 am ET

After he announced the creation of the first organism with a fully synthetic genome last Thursday, Craig Venter, founder of the genomics research institute that bears his name, went on to talk about how this breakthrough will benefit industries like pharmaceuticals, energy and materials.

In his explanation of the methods used to create the synthetic bacterium, Venter highlighted an important use for synthetic organisms: research. Like living test tubes, bacteria created by scientists could serve as controlled platforms for experiments by reducing the complexity that obscures the workings of many biological systems.

This work could lead to staggering findings in two major ways. First, cells with synthetic genomes could allow scientists to essentially snip out the comple

Added: May-25-2010 
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Tags: synthetic, life, organisms, bacteria, cells, Craig Venter, science, abiogenesis, origin of life, evolution
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