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Friday, March 25, 2016

What is the smallest number of genes that a living organism can get away with?

The Economist reports.
"Partly, the purpose of this minimal-genome project is to understand the core nature of bacterial being, which may even shed light on how the group evolved; and partly it is to create a simple and reliable chassis for the construction of new organisms that could do useful things for humanity, as a contribution to the emerging field of synthetic biology."

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