March 28, 2014 | Georgie

I was surprised to learn that we share 2000 genes with yeast! I discovered this with the announcement that the first synthetic yeast chromosome has been created.

This is a big a step forward in the world of biological engineering. It means that yeast could be used in a range of different areas - from vaccines to biofuels.

I think it's a little scary and I wonder where we draw the line for altering nature.


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Synthetic DNA for simpler organisms, such as bacteria, has been designed in the past.


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April 2, 2014 at 17:31

This is very scary. Is it massivily different to GM foods type of scary???

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