#161 – Suicide CLXI – Synthia

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Synthia (n).
The unofficial nickname of Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, the first living cell containing a computer-generated synthetic genome. The cell is a modified goat pathogen, and the new DNA it contains is “watermarked” with an encoded URL, famous quotes, and the name of its creator, J. Craig Venter.

Illustration: Serge Seidlitz

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