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Nov 9, 2018

How biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch

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The pace of work has been accelerating, thanks in part to recent advances in microfluidic technologies, which allow scientists to coordinate the movements of minuscule cellular components. Research groups have already determined ways of sculpting cell-like blobs into desired shapes; of creating rudimentary versions of cellular metabolism; and of transplanting hand-crafted genomes into living cells. But bringing all these elements together remains a challenge.


Built from the bottom up, synthetic cells and other creations are starting to come together and could soon test the boundaries of life.

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