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."
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Source: Science Daily
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