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Old 01-09-2009, 08:46 PM
 
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Ultimately, this process enabled the team to isolate an evolved version of the original enzyme that is a very efficient replicator, something that many research groups, including Joyce's, had struggled for years to obtain. The improved enzyme fulfilled the primary goal of being able to undergo perpetual replication. "It kind of blew me away," says Lincoln.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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I didn't really grasp as to what they believe this will do for science?? To create new tissue for transplantation or for anti aging purposes??
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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Maybe they'll talk more about what they are thinking once their paper is no longer under review.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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O.K. i think i got the jest of it and that is they were showing in this study that ancient life probably did start out as RNA and not DNA as we've talked about this before on the science forums.
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Wow.... self-replicating RNA... You can manipulate the outcome of DNA directly and in turn making simple proteins and making dramatic changes to... the very building blocks of life itself. haha i remembered something from BIO 100. weee

Maybe someone will make a potion that will make me fly.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Harrisonville
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Ultimately, this process enabled the team to isolate an evolved version of the original enzyme that is a very efficient replicator, something that many research groups, including Joyce's, had struggled for years to obtain. The improved enzyme fulfilled the primary goal of being able to undergo perpetual replication. "It kind of blew me away," says Lincoln.

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Triple Helix: Designing a New Molecule of Life: Scientific American
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:38 PM
 
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Yeah, that is interesting. It would be nice if we had something analogous to a antimalware program, getting rid of stuff that doesn't belong. One idea was fixing muscular dystrophy by getting rid of errors:

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The PNA prevented a bad segment of the dystrophin gene from being translated from RNA to protein, thus eliminating a debilitating mutation present in that segment while leaving intact enough of the dystrophin to function.
Who knows what it could potentially do?
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