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Algae 'could produce oil'

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Scientists have successfully created "artificial life" - a synthetic cell using an artificial genome.

The development is being hailed as a landmark and it paves the way to creating organisms with a specific useful purpose, such as bacteria that absorb greenhouse gases to produce fuels.

Professor Richard Kitney, co-director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London, comments on the implication of the research.


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