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Hacking Life: Scientists ‘Recode’ DNA in Step Toward Lab-Made Organisms

August 19, 2016

(STAT News) – At first glance the advance seems abstruse, promising anodyne applications such as making genetically modified bacteria that resist viral infection. (Those infections are problematic for industries that use bacteria to synthesize chemicals and drugs, costing them billions of dollars a year.) But the experiment, published Thursday in Science, is also a significant step toward a much grander project: recoding life.

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