Revolutionizing Biology: World’s First Synthetic Yeast Unveiled

🧬 Breaking Ground in Synthetic Biology! Scientists at The University of Manchester’s Manchester Institute of Biotechnology have achieved a groundbreaking feat—engineering a chromosome entirely from scratch for the world’s first synthetic yeast. As part of the Sc2.0 project, they’ve synthesized all 16 native chromosomes in common baker’s yeast and successfully combined six and a half synthetic chromosomes, marking the first time a eukaryotic genome has been written from scratch. This opens avenues for redefining yeast strains used in biotechnological processes, potentially creating stronger, more efficient, and sustainable variants. The tRNA Neochromosome, a product of AI-assisted design, plays a pivotal role. This remarkable milestone heralds a new era in engineering biology.

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