By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a study appearing online this week in the international edition of the journal Angewandte Chemie, an international group reported that it has developed Escherichia coli strains in which thymine nucleotides have been replaced with a synthetic base called 5-chlorouracil.

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