Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

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A group of scientists say they want work toward being able to create a synthetic version of the entire human genetic code in the laboratory.

Their hope is that a complete set of synthetic human DNA, known as a genome, could someday lead to important medical breakthroughs.

“We just had a revolution in our ability to read genomes,” says George Church, a geneticist at Harvard University who is part of the group that outlined the plan Thursday in the journal Science. “The same thing is happening now with writing genomes.”

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