Artificial genetic material that can evolve and store information like DNA has been developed in a lab.
Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge achieved the feat which will help shed light on how the first molecules assembled in to life forms billions of years ago. "Construction of genetic systems based on alternative chemical platforms may ultimately lead to the synthesis of novel forms of life," said Gerald Joyce of the Scripps Research Institute.
Scientists are hoping that the creation of this new 'alternative DNA' could help fuel research in to medicine and biotechnology.
"Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, developed chemical procedures to turn DNA and RNA, the molecular blueprints for all known life, into six alternative genetic polymers called XNAs."
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