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Synthetic Biology: Injecting New Life into the Chemical Industry

7:37 AM MST | December 15, 2010 | —laura templer

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) announced in May of this year that it had, for the first time in scientific history, created a new, living microorganism in a laboratory. Such designer organisms are not yet commercially viable but could be in use in 10 years to manufacture biofuels and biomaterials, some experts say. New life: JVCI synthesizes novel bacteria. J. Craig Venter, leader of the research team and among the first to sequence the human genome, claims that when it is commercialized the technology will revolutionize the chemical...

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