'Semi-synthetic' bacteria churn out unnatural proteins

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Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. Although scientists are a long way from making a completely artificial life form, they have made semi-synthetic organisms that have an expanded genetic code, allowing them to produce never-before-seen proteins. Now, researchers have optimized a semi-synthetic bacteria to efficiently produce proteins containing unnatural amino acids.

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