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    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
    An important step has been taken in the quest to create a synthetic lifeform.

    A US team reports in Science magazine how it built the entire DNA code of a common bacterium in the laboratory using blocks of genetic material.
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
    One interesting twist to this is the revelation that they coded their names and the name of their institute into the organism, and have already described the steps as 'watermarks'. Writing into genetic code isn't new (some germans wrote a rather appropriate latin poem into a convenient plant back in 2003) but the direction the contents of the writing has taken isn't so hot - moving from poetry to proprietary rights.