Science Magazine published a paper last week, "Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome," describing the creation of a bacterium with a stripped-down genome. The paper represents twenty years of work by many scientists, including celebrated biochemist J. Craig Venter. They managed to reduce the genome by almost half, from over 900 genes to 473, a little bit at a time. The paper has made a splash across the Internet (see, for example, articles from Associated Press and Bloomberg).
Ann Gauger holds a PhD in development biology and is a senior research scientist at the Biologic Institute.
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On this occasion of Darwin’s birthday, might it not be worth asking, is what they say true?
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Over at The Atlantic, Paul Bloom, the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University, writes about the differences between science and religion--their epistemological roots. His particular thesis is that science should be given special status because its basis is in experimental fact rather than belief in an authority.