Scientists report the world's first fully computer-generated genome of a living organism. To do so, they used a new method that greatly simplifies the production of large DNA molecules containing many hundreds of genes. They report their work in PNAS.
All the genome sequences of organisms known throughout the world are stored in a database belonging to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the United States. Now, the database has an additional entry: Caulobacter ethensis-2.0. Although researchers physically produced the genome for C. ethensis-2.0 in the form of a very large DNA molecule, a corresponding organism does not yet exist.