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January 15, 2003

And you shall be as the gods....

Scientists Create Brand New Organism. The story is a bit less interesting to the lay person on closer inspection-it's a form of e. coli that synthesizes a strange amino acid, but hey, the building blocks of life....

Posted by razib at 12:52 PM

All living things use the same 20 amino acids to build all of the proteins that make up all living cells.

eh, not really true - there's several boutique amino acids (e.g. selenocysteine comes to mind). Article should have said "mostly" the main 20 amino acids. And of course in eukaryotes many of those starting 20 are *heavily* post-translationally modified (they are in prokaryotes too, e.g. N-formyl methionine, but it's thought to be less ubiquitous).

Posted by: biochemist at January 15, 2003 07:10 PM

Haven't they also created fake meat?

Posted by: Diana at January 15, 2003 07:46 PM