Minimal genome of artificial single-cell life

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Minimal genome of artificial single-cell life

Postby Marshall on March 24th, 2016, 8:31 pm 

Craig Venter's group has one with under 500 genes.
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/arch ... fe/475053/

It's kind of interesting how they define a "minimal" set for an independently living organism, and how they went about looking for a minimal set.
"we have 20,000 to 25,000, the well-studied E. coli has 4,000 to 5,000, ..."

Most things with fewer, I gather, rely on specialized environments to supply stuff they don't make.
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Re: Minimal genome of artificial single-cell life

Postby Marshall on March 25th, 2016, 2:18 pm 

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/ ... -500-genes
This from Science magazine also gives figures on the number of base pairs in the DNA strand.
A photograph of the microbe, it's doubling time growth rate, and so on. it's good as a followup.
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Re: Minimal genome of artificial single-cell life

Postby dandelion on March 26th, 2016, 10:49 am 

This is fascinating, thanks, and nice to see the image too.
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