The manuscript has now been submitted for publication in the journal PLOS ONE.
It was published online ahead of print by PLOS Biology on December 5.
The paper describes how scientists at the University of Cambridge used the technology of DNA sequencing to make a synthetic genome containing almost all of the human genome.
The researchers used the technique to make the genomes of a total of 13 different species of organisms.
The scientists are now working on identifying the genetic information of the animals.
They are currently looking for genes that can be expressed by the animals, which would allow them to produce proteins, hormones, and other biological products.
Professor Daniela Poura, a senior lecturer in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, said: “We have now made a synthetic version of the genome of an animal which is more closely related to the human than any other species.”
By sequencing the genomes, we are now able to map the genome and see how each organism uses its genes.
“This is an important step in understanding how the evolution of life is related to genes, so we can study how genes can make organisms and animals and how evolution can be accelerated by modifying genes.”
The project was funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.
It will be published online in PLOS Genome Biology.
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