Scanning Electron Micrograph of M. Mycoides JCVI-syn1: The First Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell

Tech ID: 21963 / UC Case 2011-814-0


This is an image of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell constructed by researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Specifically, the image shows a scanning electron micrograph of M. mycoides JCVI-syn1 that was taken by Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at UC San Diego. The samples were post-fixed in osmium tetroxide, dehydrated and critical point dried with CO2, then visualized using a Hitachi SU6600 scanning electron microscope at 2.0 keV.

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Additional information about this first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell can be found in the JCVI press release “First Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell” and the JCVI paper “Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome,” Science 2 July 2010:Vol. 329 no. 5987 pp. 52-56.


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