Smallest Bit Possible

Genomes are messy things with genes involved in translation in one spot and ones needed for cell replication in another, the J. Craig Venter Institute's Hamilton Smith tells the New Scientist in a Q&A.

Smith, who was part of the team that made the first synthetic genome, is trying to reduce a bacterial genome so that it contains the barest necessities for life.

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