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Scientists Swap Genes in Bacteria



6/29/2007 12:33:21 AM

Talk about identity theft: Scientists changed one species of bacteria into another by performing a complete gene swap. It's a step in the quest to one day create artificial organisms, part of a bigger project to custom-design microbes that could produce cleaner fuels. But the way it was performed, dubbed a "genome transplant," has genetics specialists buzzing.

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