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Doubling Our DNA Building Blocks Could Lead to New Life Forms

Submitted by lsekela on February 25, 2019 - 09:51 AM

Researchers unveiled the latest feat in artificial DNA engineering: an eight-letter synthetic system called “hachimoji” DNA. The system is made up of four natural nucleotides and four synthetic ones that all fit seamlessly into DNA’s helical structure, maintaining its natural shape. These sequences spelled with these new letters pair predictably and can evolve just like natural DNA.

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