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[FYI] OT - First synthetic virus created


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Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 20:04 GMT 21:04 UK   

First synthetic virus created   

By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor   

Scientists have assembled the first synthetic virus.   

The US researchers built the infectious agent from scratch using the 
genome sequence for polio.   

The experiment has been received with a mixture of praise and 

The artificial virus was able to infect and kill mice and seems to be 
identical to its natural counterpart.   


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