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Synthetic Life Forms – The New Patent Frontier

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

In May of 2007 scientists at J. Craig Venter Institute filed a U.S. patent application on the world's first synthetic living organism (U.S. Patent application number 20070122826). The patent application claims include a set of essential genes required to provide the bare essentials of life as well as a "free-living organism that can grow and ...