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Scientists create ‘alien’ life form with artificial genetic code

For the first time, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have created a new organism based on E. coli in the lab that passes along artificially engineered DNA. by 7 May 2014 9:38 PM BST facebook twitter linkedin googleplus more more + email tumblr stumble delicious reddit pinterest digg presented by From left to right, the structures of A-, B- and Z-DNA. Zephyris/Wikipedia Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life form that passes along lab-engineered DNA. The work, published online in the , came from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla,…