Resurrecting the Dead (Molecules)

Jan Zaucha, Jonathan Heddle

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Biological molecules, like organisms themselves, are subject to genetic drift and may even become “extinct”. Molecules that are no longer extant in living systems are of high interest for several reasons including insight into how existing life forms evolved and the possibility that they may have new and useful properties no longer available in currently functioning molecules. Predicting the sequence/structure of such molecules and synthesizing them so that their properties can be tested is the basis of “molecular resurrection” and may lead not only to a deeper understanding of evolution, but to production of artificial proteins with novel properties and even to insight into how life itself began.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalComputational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Early online date30 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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