Rewriting The Genetic Code Of Life

[Scientists Alter E Coli DNA]

In recent years, more and more researchers have been focusing on finding ways of eradicating diseases rather than simple curing them with medicine.

This all or nothing approach has led them to the very base level of natural creation, DNA, which is responsible for everything that happens in the human body.

While we as humans have extensively spent our time studying DNA and what all is is responsible for, we haven’t always focused that energy on finding DNA based cures for problems that we face.

The reason being that a lot of people have been opposed to the idea of using genetic modifications for treating diseases, as they considering it messing with the natural order of life.

However, now researchers seem to be focusing on doing exactly that, and this resolve shows in their current experiments that are actively focused on rewriting the genetic code of life.

As exciting as that may sound, the actual truth is relatively more boring. The recoding of the DNA in question is actually being carried out in E Coli.

That’s right, researchers from Harvard University have been carrying out experiments for some time to see how far can they take this genetic modification.

In it’s current iteration, this experiment saw them replacing 62,214 DNA base pairs in a synthetic E. coli Genome, while still leaving the E. Coli healthy and operational.

The focus of this recoding is to see whether they can make this bacteria resistant to all kinds of viruses. This is an obvious parallel to trying and modifying the human genome to create resistance to diseases.

In addition, they are also seeing if they can create artificial amino acids in the bacteria, so that it would then lead to the natural creation of different types of proteins that aren’t native to the bacteria.

While the use of such a technique in humans is still a long way away, the ongoing success of this experiment still gives us a good glimpse into the future of medicine.

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Posted on : 22 Aug 2016 @ 17:21

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