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Unnatural microbe can make proteins


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Bacterium's DNA modified to incorporate six letters instead of four.

E. coli bug could hold on to the synthetic code.

Proteins created contained "unnatural" amino acids.

No loss of efficiency compared with natural protein synthesis.

Novel proteins could form  basis of new treatments and novel materials.

The study was published in the Nature journal.

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Floyd Romesberg

Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute.


Scientific journal covering research from a variety of academic disciplines, mostly in science and technology

Scripps Research Institute

Medical research facility with focus on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

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Synthetic Biology