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  • Enzymes grow artificial DNA

    04/28/2012 11:37:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Nature News ^ | 19 April 2012 | Helen Shen
    Synthetic strands with different backbones replicate and evolve just like the real thing. Nearly all organisms share a single genetic language: DNA. But scientists have now demonstrated that several lab-made variants of DNA can store and transmit information much like the genuine article. Researchers led by Philipp Holliger, a synthetic biologist at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, say that the alternative molecules could help others to develop new drugs and nanotechnologies. They publish their results today in Science1. DNA is made up of nucleic acid bases — labelled A, C, G and T —...
  • Researchers make alternatives to DNA and RNA

    04/21/2012 10:34:28 AM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 21 April 2012 | Eryn Brown
    DNA and RNA molecules are the basis for all life on Earth, but they don't necessarily have to be the basis for all life everywhere, scientists have shown.