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Date:7/14/2011

p>Eager to share their enabling technology, the team published their results as CAGE reached the semifinal round. Results suggested that the final four strains were healthy, even as the team assembled four groups of 80 engineered alterations into stretches of the chromosome surpassing 1 million DNA base pairs. "We encountered a great deal of skepticism early on that we could make so many changes and preserve the health of these cells," Carr said. "But that's what we've seen."

The researchers are confident that they will create a single strain in which TAG codons are completely eliminated. The next step, they say, is to delete the cell's machinery that reads the TAG gene freeing up the codon for a completely new purpose, such as encoding a novel amino acid.

"We're trying to challenge people," Wang said, "to think about the genome as something that's highly malleable, highly editable."


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