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Genome Project-­Write could synthesize entire human genome


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George Church is one of the leaders of the Genome Project-­Write, or GP-Write.

Scientists are working to synthesize the DNA of a variety of organisms.

Could synthesize modified versions of all human genes in the next few years.

It’s the difference between editing a book and writing one.

Synthetic biology could be used to develop synthetic organs, and new drugs.

Could make cells resistant to viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis B.

Integrated DNA Technologies creates custom-made segments of DNA called oligo­nucleotides.

Technology behind genome-scale synthetic biology remains nascent, difficult, and expensive.

George Church has grand plans to make better cells

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Harvard Professor and Founder

Genome Project-­Write could synthesize entire human genome