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Image:Engineered bacteria (lego)

Description: Engineered bacteria, conceptual image. Bacteria (green) made out of Lego, representing the ability scientists have to alter and rearrange a bacterium's genetic material. Applications of genetically modified (GM) bacteria include the manufacture of synthetic human insulin to treat diabetes and research into the manufacture of certain proteins, which can block the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from infecting its target cells.