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Synthetic genes can make weird new proteins that actually work


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There are more proteins possible than there are atoms in the universe.

Novel proteins typically created using specific amino acids to fold precisely into a pre-planned shape.

Researcher built DNA molecules coding for 1 million proteins and inserted them into bacteria.

The E. coli bacteria were missing a single gene - which some novel proteins were able to fix.

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Chemist at Princeton University.