Designing self-replicating cells one gene at a time and solving the mystery of the origins of life

Meet JCVI-syn3A, the world’s first self-reproducing synthetic organism.  This tiny little microbe was designed by trial and error in a lab and is capable of both maintaining its own internal structure and creating copies of itself, just like a real cell.  The implications for medicine and our understanding of ourselves are, needless to say, enormous.… Continue reading Designing self-replicating cells one gene at a time and solving the mystery of the origins of life