ROCKVILLE, MD — June 28, 2007 — Researchers at the J.Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced the results of work ongenome transplantation methods allowing them to transform one type ofbacteria into another type dictated by the transplanted chromosome. Thework, published online in the journal Science, by JCVI’s Carole Lartigue, Ph.D. and colleagues, outlines the methods and techniques used to change one bacterial species, Mycoplasma capricolum into another, Mycoplasma mycoides Large Colony (LC), by replacing one organism’s genome with the other one’s genome.
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This is amazing. They changed one type of bacteria into another type, with the change being dictated by the transplanted chromosome. This means that development of synthetic organisms is close. Very close. Breathing-down-our-collective-necks close.
Holy smokes. This is so huge that it's probably going to fly under most people's radar.