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June 29, 2011 /  Nivea

Bacterium Engineered With DNA in Which Thymine Is Replaced by Synthetic Building Block

The genetic information of all living cells is stored in the DNA composed of the four canonical bases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). An international team of researchers has now succeeded in generating a bacterium possessing a DNA in which thymine is replaced by the synthetic building block 5-chlorouracil (c), a substance toxic for other organisms.

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