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DateDate: 3-04-2019, 07:02

Scientists first created the genome of a living organism, fully computer-generated. About this writes New Atlas.
FACT. Specialists of the Swiss Higher Technical School Zurich managed to create the world's first computer genome of a living being. According to the publication, he was named Caulobacter ethensis-2.0.
DETAILS. It is known that scientists have simplified the DNA of the Caulobacter crescentu microorganism by obtaining a completely new genome. They took as a basis the research materials of the scientist Craig Venter, who more than 10 years ago synthesized the first "synthetic" microorganism based on the DNA of another bacterium. The new gene is more modified and viable, the creators say.
FOR WHAT. According to the authors of the article, the new development opens up great opportunities for all mankind. In particular, as the study leader Bit Kristen noted, such genomes can be used for specific purposes - to create vitamins and medicines. In addition, scientists admit that in the future it will be possible to make not only copies of living beings that already exist in nature, but also create completely new organisms. That is, we are not talking about some dangerous mutants. According to the creators, the genetic program of the organisms can be rewritten so that they combine the maximum number of useful features (for example, they would give milk at the same time, synthesize antibiotics and remain only a culture of cells in a test tube).