News

Building artificial cells from scratch

By
9:10am, January 25, 2005

Scientists have created artificial cells that can live and produce proteins as their natural counterparts do, but can't replicate. Besides providing a new tool for studying the biochemical processes that take place inside real cells, these synthetic structures could be enlisted to churn out pharmaceuticals, says Albert Libchaber of Rockefeller University in New York. This advance also brings researchers closer to creating entirely synthetic organisms with artificial chromosomes, he says.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join SSP today or Log in.

More from Science News