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Man-Made Cell Created

4:05 PM MDT | May 20, 2010 | Vincent Valk

A team of scientists led by geneticist Craig Venter has successfully created a synthetic cell, reports say. The breakthrough is a major accomplishment in biology, sources say, and could have significant technological and ethical implications in years ahead. For now, it remains difficult to replicate the experiment in a socially meaningful way, sources say. The group, which worked on the $40 million project for ten years, synthesized pieces of the Mycoplasma myocides genome, a tiny bacterium. The pieces of DNA were then reproduced, extracted and chemically...

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