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Venter Gets Down to Life's Basics

Science  29 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5599, pp. 1701
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5599.1701

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DNA sequencer J. Craig Venter Jr. announced this week that he has won a government grant to design a novel form of life. The U.S. Department of Energy's science office has awarded his group $3 million over 3 years to "develop a synthetic chromosome," the first step toward making a self-replicating organism with a completely artificial genome.