Scientists have successfully created a living cell that contains two unnatural DNA building blocks. That's right. They've just created artificial life. The breakthrough opens doors to a future where we could create life. We just got God's playbook.
"What we have now is a living cell that literally stores increased genetic information," explains Floyd Romesberg.
Life on Earth has always contained the same four DNA subunits, which are also known as nucleotides. But now, the possibilities are endless. Scientists have expanded the letters of the DNA to include at least two new, unnatural subunits.
The implications of this on medical science is also huge as it would open up a whole new world to exploring treatments and more. [Nature]
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