Table 1 Labour required for genome synthesis

From: A yeast for all reasons

Organism (year) DNA bases synthesized (% of genome) DNA bases per yearof labour*
T7 bacteriophage (2005)2 12,000 (30) 1,300
Mycoplasma mycoides (2010)5 1,080,000 (100) 15,000
Escherichia coli (2011)4 4,600,000 (100) or 28,000 (0.6) 96,000 or 600
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (2011)1 120,000 (1) 2,700
  1. *Estimated as follows: total bases synthesized/[number of authors × 3], assuming that 3 years is the average time spent by a person on genome-synthesis projects.
  2. Depending on whether the entire genome or only synthetic oligonucleotides are counted.