NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of Yale University researchers has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Center for Genomically Encoded Materials (C-GEM), where they are planning to develop a method to generate synthetic polymers using reengineered cells.

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