Wednesday, September 11, 2002

It's alive! <i>Alive!</i> Well, sort of.

This seems to have been widely reported in July, but I didn't hear about it until this weekend. Earlier this year, scientists synthesized poliovirus "from scratch", using mail-order RNA base sequences and the poliovirus genome, which is available on the web. It behaves just like poliovirus, and can infect human cells, though not as effectively as the "natural" virus.

Awe and horror duke it out in my brain.

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