Genomic Graffiti

Carl Zimmer realized that the watermarks the Venter team left in their synthetic organism will be reduced to gibberish over a few generations. The marks were added to non-protein-coding spots which are not only subject to random mutations but also can be spliced into fragments or totally removed from the genome by transposons.

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