A Major Obstacle to Creating Life From Scratch Was Just Overcome (Video)

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April 2 2014 6:18 PM

The Chromosome Factory

A major obstacle to creating life from scratch was just overcome.

In a potential watershed for synthetic biology, researchers report in the journal Science that they’ve built the first-ever complex synthetic chromosome in a lab. That could enable us to reengineer and customize organisms for new uses, with applications both practical and futuristic.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.