Active Poliovirus Baked From Scratch

  title={Active Poliovirus Baked From Scratch},
  author={J. Couzin},
  pages={174 - 175}
With mail-order DNA and more than 2 years of painstaking work, researchers for the first time have assembled a virus from its chemical code. The lab-built poliovirus, described online this week by Science , killed mice and was almost indistinguishable from the original. Biologists disagree on how difficult it would be to construct far bulkier viruses such as smallpox to create bioweapons. 
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