Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-10-13 20:19
"How small can a genome get and still run a living organism? Researchers now say that a symbiotic bacterium called Carsonella ruddii, which lives off sap-feeding insects, has taken the record for smallest genome with just 159,662 'letters' (or base pairs) of DNA and 182 protein-coding genes."
I'm wondering how long it'll be before we can start synthesising lifeforms like these ourselves -- and how long before the 64k genome contest will become a regular part of the demo scene.