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Scientists learning to program "synthetic life" with DNA

Much of the success of modern personal computers can be boiled down to a few basic concepts: modularity, standardization, and off-the-shelf components. Hard drives fit into standard-sized slots, connect to motherboards via nearly ubiquitous, industry-standard connections, etc. Now, genetic engineers and synthetic biologists are using those same principles to foster discoveries and hurdle engineering obstacles in their fields.

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