Monday, March 10, 2008

Proteomics Progress

A little closer to a robust bioengineering capability:
In a major step forward for computational protein design, scientists have built from scratch a handful of enzymes that successfully catalyze a specific chemical reaction. These proteins have no naturally occurring counterparts, and the reaction--which breaks down a man-made chemical--has no natural catalyst.
Sure would be nice to have engineered critters eating cellulose and spitting out alcohol right about now.

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