Researchers from the US, France, and Russia report on efforts to dial back the set of amino acids encoded by the Mycoplasma genitalium genome as a means of reducing the minimal genome size for the bacterial species. Using computational methods, the team looked at the possibility of reining in or completely replacing cysteine, the rarest amino acid residue in that microbe.

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