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Floyd Romesberg

Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute.

Floyd E. Romesberg is an American biotechnologist, biochemist, and geneticist formerly at Scripps Research in San Diego, California. He is known for leading the team that created the first Unnatural Base Pair (UBP), thus expanding the genetic alphabet of four letters to six in 2012, the first semi-synthetic organism in 2014, and the first functional semi-synthetic organism that can reproduce its genetic material in successive offspring, in 2017.

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See also: Institute Scripps Research Institute - Medical research facility with focus on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

Details last updated 04-Dec-2019

Floyd Romesberg News

Synthetic organelle introduces a new genetic code to cells

Singularity Hub - 03-Apr-2019

No need to wait for evolution - we will be able to manipulate life forms soon


Unnatural microbe can make proteins

BBC - 29-Nov-2017

Bacterium's DNA modified to incorporate six letters instead of four. E. coli bug could hold on t...


First stable semisynthetic organism created

Kurzweil Network - 03-Feb-2017

Bacterium with two new synthetic bases (called X and Y) added to the four natural bases (A, T, C,...


Artificial nucleotide bases evolved to bind to cancerous cells

The Scientist - 08-Jun-2015

Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution created two new bases (called Z and P) which were then...