Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From ScratchGeorge Dvorsky3/28/14 5:20pmFiled to: FuturismBiotechnologysciencegeneticsartificial lifeartificial chromosomehuman modificationhuman enhancementtranshumanism218EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included.We are clearly in the midst of the biotechnology revolution. Twelve years ago scientists created the first artificial virus, and it was only four years ago that Craig Venter introduced the world to the first synthetic genome for bacteria. Then, in 2012, scientists created the first complete computer model of a living organism. No doubt, the field of artificial life is poised to irrevocably change the way we do biology. ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.