August 22, 2016 | Lottie, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

I like using simple hacks to make my life easier, but I never knew scientists were also trying to hack biology to change it.

This week researchers have been able to change the genetic code of a bacterium, E. coli. It's the first time that scientists have been able to alter multiple letters in the DNA code, and it could lead to a new way to make medicines in the future.

It does sound like a working version of this technology could be a long way off, but I'm still excited about its possibilities.


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The scientists only changed DNA 'letters' that wouldn't affect how the cell works.


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