A DNA Success Raises Bioterror Concern
January 12, 2005 | Source: New York Times
Researchers have made an unexpectedly sudden advance in synthesizing long molecules of DNA, creating concern the technique might be used to create the smallpox virus.
“This has the potential for a revolutionary impact in the ease of synthesis of large DNA molecules,” said Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University.
“This will permit efficient and rapid synthesis of any select agent virus genome in very short order.”