Synthetic Organisms to Challenge What 'Alive' Really Means

Synthetic Organisms to Challenge What 'Alive' Really Means
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In 2016, Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics announced that they had created a lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0, whose genome consisted of only 473 genes. This stripped-down organism was a significant breakthrough in the development of artificial life as it enabled us to understand more fully what individual genes do.

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