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Synthetic: How Life Got Made


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Synthetic: How Life Got Made

Sophia Roosth

Life is not what it used to be. Synthetic is an anthropological story about how it got that way. Living things bearing genomes streamlined or cobbled together from synthesized DNA now scurry, swim, and flourish in test tubes and bioreactors: viruses named for computer software, bacteria encoding passages of James Joyce, yeast buckling under the metabolic strain of genes harvested from sweet wormwood, petunias, and microbes from Icelandic thermal pools. This ... Read more


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