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In Nature this week, scientists from the UK's Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology present a synthetic Escherichia coli capable of producing all of the bacterium's canonical amino acids from a reduced number of codons. The team recoded the full E. coli genome to generate an organism that uses 59 codons — rather than the usual 61 — to make all the amino acids, in addition to recoding one of its three stop codons.

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