As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

By EMILY BAUMGAERTNERAfter researchers created a virus from mail-order DNA, geneticists sound the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in garages and living rooms…

Already a research team at the University of Alberta has recreated from scratch an extinct relative of smallpox, horsepox, by stitching together fragments of mail-order DNA in just six months for about $100,000 — without a glance from law enforcement officials.

The team purchased overlapping DNA fragments from a commercial company. Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles.

from NYT Science https://nyti.ms/2rEcPow


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