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Researchers Create First Autonomous Synthetic Life Form

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Science  31 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5607, pp. 640
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5607.640

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Two years ago, a team of chemists engineered the genes of a bacterium to incorporate a 21st amino acid into its proteins. Now, in a paper in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the team reports going one step further by engineering a bacterium that also manufactures the compound by itself.