Volume 94 Issue 13 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 28, 2016 | Web Date: March 25, 2016

Researchers create living cells containing the smallest genome yet

Minimal bacterial genome contains 473 genes, 149 of which still have unknown functions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: synthetic biology, mycoplasma, minimal genome, microbiology

Researchers are a step closer to figuring out the minimum number of genes required to sustain life. Clyde A. Hutchison III and J. Craig Venter of the J. Craig Venter Institute, in La Jolla, Calif., and coworkers have designed and synthesized the smallest bacterial genome yet known (Science 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6253).

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