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Complex synthetic DNA could 'revolutionise' medicine

27 March 2014 Last updated at 19:36 GMT

Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast, a landmark step for biological engineering.

Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria.

David Shukman reports.

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