Synthetic Mycoplasma bacteria, SEM

Synthetic Mycoplasma bacteria, SEM

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Credit: THOMAS DEERINCK, NCMIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Synthetic Mycoplasma bacteria, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The first self-replicating bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome was developed by scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute, and announced in May 2010. The work involved producing a modified version of the Mycoplasma mycoides genome and inserting it into a Mycoplasma capricolum shell that had had its genetic material removed.

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