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Offline Ataraxia

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Advancements in synthetic DNA
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:51:18 PM »
Thought I would link this as I think it is amazing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26768445

http://syntheticyeast.org

"A landmark in biological engineering."

What I really like about this is how they have changed the sequence, removed the "junk" DNA and produced new functions for the yeast....and it can still reproduce. Such clever stuff.
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Re: Advancements in synthetic DNA
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 04:03:51 PM »
I love this also.  It is interesting that geneticist Jef Boeke and Johns Hopkins colleague Srinivasan Chandrasegaran used undergrad students to do the work:

From the NPR article:
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At first, Boeke tried to buy some of the DNA strands they wanted to use from a commercial outfit. But the first small batch took nearly a year to arrive.
"I realized I would be dead long before the project could ever be completed," he says. "So it suddenly hit me that there were all these students on the undergraduate campus who would be dying for a great research opportunity."


http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/27/295260600/custom-chromo-first-yeast-chromosome-built-from-scratch
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