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The genome of the first synthetic cell was designed to have several watermark sequences that include names of key contributors to the work, famous quotations, a website, and an email address. Each character of the Roman alphabet text is encrypted by three of the four letters of DNA. These watermarks were designed to help distinguish a synthetic organism from a natural one, and may be useful in identifying the laboratory of origin of synthetic or semi-synthetic cells. This unique code was developed by Michael Montague and others at the J. Craig Venter Institute and designed to be biologically neutral, which means the DNA of encoded messages will be biologically innocuous to an organism carrying that DNA.

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