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‘Synthetic cell’ is not new, say Mumbai scientists

Mumbai: While the scientific community has the world agog with its latest achievement — developing the first cell which can be controlled by a synthetic genome — scientists in the city are not exactly jumping for joy.

“It’s an important achievement, no doubt,” said professor BJ Rao, head of biology at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. “For the first time, a chemically synthesised genome has been incorporated in a bacterial cell to make it functional in a new recipient cell. This cell replicates a normal bacterial cell, expressing the new genes.

“So, technologically, it’s good progress, though we already knew how to make artificial chromosomes. Read Full Story From Publisher

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