The New Yeast

New York University's Jef Boeke and his colleagues are working on re-writing the yeast genome, the Associated Press reports.

Boeke and his colleagues are re-working the yeast genome to not only get a better grasp of the structure and function of a genome, but also to be able to begin to modify it to be better able to produce pharmaceuticals or biofuels, according to the AP.

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