Scientists create a lab-made microbe with fully redesigned DNA for the first time
Scientists created world’s first living organism with a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.
Proves life can exist with a restricted genetic code.
Read and redesigned the genome of Escherichia coli, replacing 3 codons throughout the genome.
Chemically synthesized genetic code was introduced piece by piece to E-coli, creating the lab-made microbe Syn61.
Survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions, but growth is slow.
Future impact in mass production of drugs and useful material or production of bacteria resistant to viruses.
Research by Cambridge University, published in Nature.