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Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students
Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students

With the help of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who spent years stringing bits of DNA together, scientists have built the world's first synthetic yeast chromosome, which eventually could help in the production of drugs, vaccines, biofuels and even beer. Jef Boeke, a former Hopkins professor, started working on the research with students in 2007. Since then, about 60 took part in the "Build a Genome" class. A global team of researchers led by Boeke manipulated chunks of the DNA in a way that could engineer the chromosome to create desirable characteristics. "We think that's going to be a very powerful tool for biotechnology as well as a way for us...

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