Genome Synthesis Another Venter First: Will the Real phiX174 Please Stand Up? | GenomeWeb

As if sequencing his own genome wasn’t saucy enough, J. Craig Venter has now synthesized a genome.

Calling the feat “an important advance toward the goal of a completely synthetic genome that could aid in carbon sequestration and energy production,” Venter’s Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives revealed in November that a team there built a synthetic 5,386 base-pair bacteriophage phiX174. Ultimately, Venter says, they aim to synthesize an entire cellular genome.

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