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Synthetic life breakthrough explained

MMU scientist Dr Martyn Amos is building a bacterial brain in a dish - a petri-dish that is.

A close observer of the work of Craig Venter, Martyn is himself training cells to 'learn' to perform certain tasks, such as detect pollutants, disease, or light with immense potential for technology.

He recently launched a "synthetic biology" project with £1.8m of EU funding to engineer living cells.

In his blog, Dr Amos explains Venter's 'first man-made life form' which has stunned the world this week news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10132762.stm

Read Martyn Amos here:

http://martynamos.blogspot.com/2010/05/team-venters-synthetic-cell-explained.html

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