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Synthetic biology

Designs for life

The genome of one bacterium has been successfully replaced with that of a different bacterium, transforming one species into another. This development is a harbinger of whole-genome engineering for practical ends.

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Figure 1: Genome swap.



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Ball, P. Designs for life. Nature 448, 32–33 (2007).

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