X-Message-Number: 25246
From: "The NanoAging Institute" <>
Subject: Artificial cells take shape
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:47:52 -0500

Bacterium-sized 'protein factories' are a step along the road to synthetic 

Primitive cells similar to bacteria have been created by US researchers. 
These synthetic cells are not truly alive, because they cannot replicate or 
evolve. But they can churn out proteins for days, and could be useful for 
drug production, as well as advancing the quest to build artificial life 
from scratch.


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