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Synthetic biology puts artificial organisms within reach

TOKYO -- Researchers in Japan are taking bioscience to new limits, creating artificial organisms that can generate a range of useful substances more efficiently and with greater functions. Such organisms could bring revolutionary changes to manufacturing, medicine and other industries.

     A group of scientists led by Seiichi Taguchi, a professor of biotechnology at Hokkaido University, has successfully created a plant that can turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into plastic. The team worked with Toyota Motor and other organizations on the project.

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