DNA Expert 'Close To Creating Artificial Life'
Scientists have claimed they are on the verge of creating the world's first artificial life form.
Craig Venter, a controversial American DNA researcher, has built an entirely synthetic chromosome - a sequence of genes - out of laboratory chemicals and plans to implant it in an existing cell.
If he succeeds his team will have created an almost entirely new life form for the first time.
Mr Venter's team is the first to create an artificial chromosome. It is 381 genes long and has been named Mycoplasma laboratorium.
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