Expanding the blueprint of life could yield cheaper drugs and nanomachines
By Stuart Fox
Posted 06.09.2008 at 1:53 pm 2 Comments
DNA provides the genetic code for everything from bacteria to blue whales through combinations of just four DNA units, or bases. Now chemist Floyd Romesberg of the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego hopes to expand biology’s potential by adding more bases to the mix.
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