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‘Designer Chromosome’ Mutates on Command, Study Says

Scientists say they have created a “designer chromosome” in brewer’s yeast that will mutate on command, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. In a study published in Science, “researchers said they had successfully ‘synthesized’ one of the 16 chromosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae – a workhorse fungi that is used in myriad industrial processes, including making bread, brewing beer, producing biofuel and manufacturing vaccines.” The research team hopes to be the first to “implant a complete synthetic genome — or all 16 chromosomes — into a yeast cell, a project they have dubbed Sc2.0.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in Science.