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How Far Should Life’s Genetic Alphabet Be Stretched?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to make strides into science-fiction territory. But for several decades, scientists have been cultivating ways to create novel forms of life with basic biochemical components and properties far removed from anything found in nature. In particular, they’re working to expand the number of amino acids—the building blocks of the proteins that perform the cell’s functions—in life’s stockpile. read more


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