First chromosome made synthetically from yeast

Work is major step toward lab-created eukaryotic life-form

By Tina Hesman Saey, 12:09 PM March 27, 2014

Designer organisms have crept closer to reality. Scientists have stitched together a version of a yeast chromosome. It is the first synthetic chromosome ever assembled from a eukaryotic organism, the type in which cells store DNA in nuclei.


Other groups have previously synthesized chromosomes from bacteria, but this is the first step in designing synthetic eukaryotes.


Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, including a small army of undergraduate students, and colleagues report the achieve...

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