Thursday, September 29, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Artificial protein able to sustain life


Posted on Sunday, 9 January, 2011 | Comment icon 16 comments


Image credit: PD - BZiL

 
By Hissie Sola, Staff News Writer

Scientists have created a synthetic protein that enables growth of living cells.

A team of Princeton University researchers accomplished the task of creating artificial genetic sequences that are able to sustain life in cells. This groundbreaking achievement shows a great leap forward in the area of synthetic biology. The work shows that the molecular components for life are not limited to what already exists in nature.

One of the goals of synthetic biology, the creation of an entirely artificial genome, may now be within reach, according to Princeton professor Micheal Hecht. Fully functioning artificial components could possibly one day replace faulty or inactive natural proteins that would otherwise cause diseases such as Alzheimer's.

"The team of researchers created genetic sequences never before seen in nature, and the scientists showed that they can produce substances that sustain life in cells almost as readily as proteins produced by nature's own toolkit."

  View: Full article |  Source: Science Daily

  Discuss: View comments (16)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Copasetic on 9 January, 2011, 21:49
explain to me how it could be possible? You made the claim it would be impossible to create life. I'm asking you to support said claim with evidence. genetic information does'nt just magically appears you need something like a god to bring it into being lol Can you define "genetic information" in your own words?
Comment icon #8 Posted by crystal sage on 10 January, 2011, 13:45
It probably would be just as healthy for you as artificial vitamins and GMO foods... I was going to say.. that new Quorn looks good as it is based on a mushroom.. but is it??? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorn
Comment icon #9 Posted by user107026 on 10 January, 2011, 14:47
You made the claim it would be impossible to create life. I'm asking you to support said claim with evidence. Can you define "genetic information" in your own words? look in the dictonary under genetic then look up information and combine the two lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by jaguarsky on 10 January, 2011, 15:11
Soylent green anyone?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Copasetic on 10 January, 2011, 22:55
look in the dictonary under genetic then look up information and combine the two lol So no is your answer?
Comment icon #12 Posted by crystal sage on 11 January, 2011, 1:25
..Actually the Quorn tastes quite good.. like a lighter version of chicken.. http://keetsa.com/blog/eco-friendly/quorn-mince-for-lasagnas/ I do recall reading a while ago that they were able to grow meat in a petri dish.. and were thinking of adding it to our meat supply like mince.. they also found a way to fuse meat offcuts into whole roasts.. I am beginning to wonder about some of those marinated roasts you can buy in the supermarkets.. they taste quite dodgey... http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0709-rhett_butler.html Experiments for NASA space missions have shown that small amounts of edible ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by crystal sage on 11 January, 2011, 1:57
Similar research ??? . "We'd like to learn how to make functional proteins that are completely unrelated to natural proteins: that will allow us to continue to build more features." The Penn researchers used three amino acids to make a four-helix columned protein structure. They put a smaller structure inside it called a heme, a large flat molecule that is the active part of hemoglobin. Heme has an iron atom in the center of it, which is what oxygen binds to. The researchers also made the protein structure flexible, so that it can open to receive the oxygen and close again without letting any ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by crystal sage on 11 January, 2011, 14:41
Recent studies suggest that tTG plays a role in inflammation, degenerative diseases and tumor biology.[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tissue_transglutaminase
Comment icon #15 Posted by Copasetic on 11 January, 2011, 17:12
Similar research ??? ... ??? A foreign protein that would enter the body.. that can hold oxygen.. and what else later ??? ... and not be detected by the immune system so can't be expelled by the body.. ???? A trojan of sorts??? http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22359/ How are the free online classes going Crystal? If you were doing them, maybe you could provide us with the answers to your questions......
Comment icon #16 Posted by UltraThunderMan on 12 January, 2011, 5:02
So...what can they do with this stuff? How does it benefit people?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5774922
261781
162673

 
SpaceX plans to send humans to Mars by 2022
9-28-2016
Elon Musk has outlined his extraordinarily ambitious plans to make mankind an interplanetary species.
Proteins found in prehistoric ostrich eggs
9-28-2016
Scientists have discovered the world's oldest genetic information within 3.8 million-year-old eggshells.
Police helicopter films UFO on thermal camera
9-27-2016
Thermal footage of a strange object flying over the Bristol Channel in the UK has been uploaded online.
Melting glaciers could expose Cold War base
9-27-2016
A secret US facility hidden beneath the ice is believed to contain significant amounts of nuclear waste.
Other news in this category
Melting glaciers could expose Cold War base
Posted 9-27-2016 | 3 comments
A secret US facility hidden beneath the ice is believed to contain significant amounts of nuclear waste....
 
Police in Russia 'arrest' activist robot
Posted 9-25-2016 | 6 comments
Police officers attempted to handcuff the contraption while it was recording data about voter opinions....
 
This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners announced
Posted 9-23-2016 | 0 comments
It's time once again to recognize some of the most unique and peculiar research projects ever undertaken....
 
Facebook CEO aims to rid world of all disease
Posted 9-23-2016 | 22 comments
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged $3 billion towards the ultimate goal of 'ending all illness'....
 
Turkish engineers build real-life Transformer
Posted 9-22-2016 | 12 comments
Shape-shifting robots have become a reality thanks to the creation of this incredible transforming car....
 
How much energy remains within the Earth ?
Posted 9-20-2016 | 7 comments
How long will it be before the Earth essentially 'dies' and all active processes grind to a halt ?...
 
1920s plan sought to drain the Mediterranean
Posted 9-18-2016 | 9 comments
A prominent German architect once proposed joining Africa and Europe by draining the Mediterranean Sea....
 
Human babies can be created using skin cells
Posted 9-13-2016 | 49 comments
Scientists have found a way for two men to reproduce without the need for any female egg at all....
 
USS Zumwalt sets sail under Capt. James Kirk
Posted 9-9-2016 | 14 comments
The state-of-the-art ship has 'boldly' ventured out on the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek TV series....
 
Scientists discover starchy 'sixth taste'
Posted 9-6-2016 | 2 comments
New research has revealed that we are actually able to detect six, rather than five distinct tastes....
 
Military is trying to build its own hoverbike
Posted 9-4-2016 | 1 comment
The US Army has been developing a rideable hoverbike concept that looks a bit like a quadcopter drone....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ