Harvard, Yale scientists develop technique to make GMOs safer

January 21, 2015 9:35 PM

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Harvard, Yale scientists develop technique to make GMOs safer

Two teams of scientists from Harvard and Yale have reached a crucial milestone in the effort to build synthetic life forms: a powerful way to prevent genetically modified organisms from escaping into the wild.

The new technique essentially inserts a built-in self-destruct mechanism into bacteria. The cells carry an alternative genetic code that makes them dependent on an artificial nutrient that is not found in nature.

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