Biological Rosetta Stone

 

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More than two hundred years ago (1799). A remarkable discovery occurred in Egypt – a slab of black granite was uncovered from its millennia old tomb in the sand with identical inscriptions in Greek alphabet, Demotic (Coptic script), and ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Within a quarter century the ancient Egyptian code was deciphered and the world of the Pharaohs was finally exposed to historians and archaeologists.
We face a similar goal: to decipher and decode the genome. Only, we do not have a Rosetta stone; we need to make one. This is where Synthetic Biology comes into play.