Tuesday, April 9, 2019

First computer generated genome

Recently scientists have created a completely computer generated genome. The method behind this madness started by working with Proceedings of the  National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and has even been added to the National Center of Biotechnology’s data bank of genes. PNAS is one of the second most cited scientific journals and publish quality peer reviewed articles.The genome code is based on a freshwater bacteria that can be found worldwide in different bodies of water. Within  the artificial genes there were only 580 functional genes out of the entire 680 artificial genes.
              This generated genome is Caulobacter ethensis-2.0 or C.ethensis-2.0. Being able to create synthetic microorganisms could be a new key part of pharmaceuticals and medicine. By using what is known about Caulobacter ethensis-2.0 other arificial genomes can be created making the sky the limit. Although, everything about this genome hasn't been perfected but with a few more tests it could become a model organism in genetic testing or more common in laboratories. 

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