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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal|
|Early online date||30 May 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|