Engineers control cellular proteins with biological computing
Approach could also be applied to reversing aging and age-related diseases such as hearing loss and macular degeneration
Grey hair, wisdom, and wrinkles on our skin mark us as we age, but it’s the more subtle changes beneath the surface that make us old. Now, researchers have discovered that our chromosomes also wrinkle with age, changing how our immune system renews itself.
Findings Reported at ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting
DNA evolved to store genetic information, but in principle this special, chain-like molecule can also be adapted to make new materials. Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have now published an important demonstration of this repurposing of DNA to create new substances with possible medical applications.